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Royal African company networks

Ruderman, Anne Elizabeth, Heller, Mark and Xue, Harry (2019) Royal African company networks. Current Research in Digital History, 2.

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Identification Number: 10.31835/crdh.2019.10


Royal African Company Networks is a pilot project designed to explore the possibilities of using computational text analysis and GIS to investigate the correspondence of the Royal African Company, England’s late seventeenth-century African trade monopoly. Our project maps over 3,000 letters between the company’s main fort, Cape Coast Castle, in modern-day Ghana and the company’s ‘outforts,’ or smaller holdings on the coast. We then combine mapping with computational text analysis to draw out themes in the correspondence. We hope this project demonstrates the potential of bringing an interdisciplinary approach to historical analysis and serves as a stepping-stone for further exploration.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2019 The Author
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 14:39
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 23:15

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