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Beyond an Imperial Atlantic : Trajectories of Africans From Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa in the Early Atlantic World. / Green, Toby.

In: Past and Present, Vol. 230, No. 1, 27.02.2016, p. 91-122.

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Green, T 2016, 'Beyond an Imperial Atlantic: Trajectories of Africans From Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa in the Early Atlantic World', Past and Present, vol. 230, no. 1, pp. 91-122. https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtv040

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Green, T. (2016). Beyond an Imperial Atlantic: Trajectories of Africans From Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa in the Early Atlantic World. Past and Present, 230(1), 91-122. https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtv040

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Green T. Beyond an Imperial Atlantic: Trajectories of Africans From Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa in the Early Atlantic World. Past and Present. 2016 Feb 27;230(1):91-122. https://doi.org/10.1093/pastj/gtv040

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Green, Toby. / Beyond an Imperial Atlantic : Trajectories of Africans From Upper Guinea and West-Central Africa in the Early Atlantic World. In: Past and Present. 2016 ; Vol. 230, No. 1. pp. 91-122.

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