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Cities: Colonial Cities: Sub-Saharan Africa
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From the sixteenth century, European powers established factories and commercial sites on the African coasts to facilitate the passage to India and later the transatlantic slave trade. In the seventeenth century, French, British, and Portuguese bases were built that were linked to autochthonous settlements. The European settler colonies, such as South Africa, Kenya, and German East Africa created the prototype of the colonial town. Without taking account of precolonial settlements, and according to colonial interests, towns were founded that functioned as c…

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Schuerkens, Ulrike, “Cities: Colonial Cities: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0211c>
First published online: 2009

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