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HIST 3395 & 4386: Pre- Colonial African History

Resource Guide for Pre-Colonial African History, HIST 3395 & HIST 4386

Traveler Accounts


Traveler Accounts: Please use the following links to access items and find the associated call numbers within the University Libraries Catalog. 


William Bosman: A New And Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea (1705)
Richard F. Burton, A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome  (1863)
Archibald Dalzel, The History of Dahomy: An Inland Kingdom (1793)
John Duncan, Travels in Western Africa in 1845 and 1846  (1847)
F.E. Forbes, Dahomey and the Dahomans  (1851)
Robert Norris, Memoirs of the Reign of Bossa Ahadee  (1789)
William Snelgrave, A New Account of Some Parts of Guinea (1734)
P. Hair, A. Jones, R. Law, eds.  Barbot on Guinea (1678-1712)
Anna Maria Falconbridge, Narratives of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone, 1791-1793)
Alexander Falcolnbridge, An account of the slave trade on the coast of Africa (1788)
Joseph Dupuis, Journal of a Residence in Ashantee (1824)*  
Thomas Bowdich, Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee (1873)*
Brantz Mayer, Captain Canot: An African Slaver (1854) 
John Newton, The Journal of a Slave Trader, 1725-1807  
Robert O. Collins, ed., Documents from the African Past 
Said Hamdun and Noel King, eds.  Ibn Battuta in Black Africa (1300s) 
Captain Hugh Clapperton, Journal of a Second Expedition into the Interior of Africa from the Bight of Benin to Soccatoo (1845)  
Saʻdī, ʻAbd al-Raḥmān ibn ʻAbd Allāh, Timbuktu and the Songhay Empire (1500s) 
Richard Jobson, The golden trade; or, A discovery of the river Gambra, and the golden trade of the Aethiopians
Francis Moore, Travels into the inland parts of Africa  (1738)



North American Slave Narratives. Please click the following link to access the information listed below:

  • Aga Selim
  • Baquaqua, Mahommah Gardo
  • Barber, John Warner, History of the Amistad
  • Bluett, Thomas, Memoirs of the Life of Job
  • Cugoano, Ottobah
  • Equiano, Olaudah, b. 1745
  • Gronniosaw, James Albert Ukawsaw
  • Gurley, Ralph Randolph
  • Said, Omar ibn, b. 1770?
  • Johnson, Thomas L. (Thomas Lewis), b. 1836?
  • Joseph, John
  • Manzano, Juan Francisco, 1797-1854
  • Neilson, Peter, 1795-1861
  • Norris, Robert, d. 1791
  • Platt, S. H. (Smith H.)
  • Said, Nicholas, 1836-1882
  • Smith, Venture, 1729?-1805
  • Taylor, James B. (James Barnett), 1804-1871
  • NO AUTHOR: A Narrative of "Griswold," the African Youth, from the Mission School
  • NO AUTHOR: Slavery Illustrated, in the Histories of Zangara and Maquama 
  • NO AUTHOR: The Royal African: or, Memoirs of the Young Prince of Annamaboe