'Canaanising Madagascar': Africa in English imperial imagination, 1635-1650

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Africa has often been seen as a barrier between oceanic systems, and a dividing line within English imperial activity – with colonialism a key strategy to the west and trading favoured to the east of the continent. This article will consider English plans for colonisation on the islands of Madagascar and Assada on the east African coast and question how these can help us understand how the English thought about Africa as a geographical and imagined space within England’s developing imperial activities. This, in turn, will support an argument that English activities overseas operated within an environment where information was carefully controlled, created and disseminated to support the aims of the commercial community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-298
Number of pages22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • empire
  • africa
  • information
  • imagination
  • corporate


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