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Coverage: 1834 to 1966
This primary source database provides online access to the United Kingdom's Colonial, Dominion and Foreign Offices' confidential correspondence relating to Africa between 1834 and 1966. Includes official documents and maps covering almost the entire period of European conquest and colonization of Africa (with the exception of Egypt).
Contents range from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. From coastal trading in the early nineteenth century, through the Conference of Berlin of 1884 and the subsequent Scramble for Africa, to the abuses of the Congo Free State, fights against tropical disease, Italy's defeat by the Abyssinians, apartheid in South Africa and colonial moves towards independence, the documents in Confidential Print: Africa provide insight into the modern period of European colonization of the continent.