Article ID: CBB001421941

The Impact of West African Trade on the Distribution of Chimpanzee and Elephant Populations (Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, 19th--20th Century) (2014)


This article elaborates a relational historical geography of human, chimpanzee and elephant populations, working mainly from precolonial and early colonial (nineteenth and twentieth century) narratives by travellers to regions now corresponding to parts of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. It then compares a global `West African trade' model of human and animal population's spatial distribution with elements of an `East African settlement colony' model drawn from other historical research. This perspective balances mainstream evolutionary approaches to animal biogeography with the human history, ecology and the geopolitics of their habitats. Taking such historical processes into account helps to unravel contrastive spatial and temporal dynamics of large mammal populations and to raise new questions about the anthropogenic causes of present-day population distributions.

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Authors & Contributors
Kusiak, Pauline Marie
Chakrabarti, Pratik
Plumb, Christopher
Igler, David
Patterson, Donna A.
Miller, John D.
History of Science
Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
History and Technology
Journal of Women's History
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Journal of Global History
Oxford University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Bloomsbury Academic
NUS Press
Northwestern University
Travel; exploration
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
France, colonies
Cook, James
Shaler, William
Du Chaillu, Paul
Adanson, Michel
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
17th century
21st century
20th century, early
West Africa
Great Britain

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