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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:The First Missionaries of The Church Missionary Society in Sierra Leone, 1804-1816: A Biographical Approach
Author:Keefer, Katrina H.B.
Periodical:History in Africa (ISSN 1558-2744)
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subject:Religion and Witchcraft
External link:https://doi.org/10.1017/hia.2017.5
Abstract:Many early records in West Africa arise from missionary accounts. While they may contain rich ethnographic data, this detail should be approached only after analysis and consideration of the authors of the sources in question. In early Sierra Leone, important data was recorded on behalf of the English evangelical Church Missionary Society, but the missionaries reporting on the ground comprised an insufficiently studied group of German-speaking Pietist Lutherans originating from central and northern Europe. This article analyzes the authors of this information in order to approach their accounts with a better appreciation of existing bias and to better engage with how diverse sociocultural perspectives affect the historical record.