ABSTRACT

ThestoryoftheHaukabeginswithfirstcontactsbetweenEuropeansand WestAfricans;firstcontacts,howeverrare,broughtonbytheAtlantic slavetradewhich,alongtheGuineaandUpperGuineacoasts,datestothe latefifteenthcentury.Itwasnotuntiltheabolitionoftheslavetradeinthe nineteenthcenturythatEuropeansbegantheircomprehensiveeconomic exploitationofWestAfricanlandsandpeoples.Forfearofwhatwasthen amysteriousandincurable"fever:'fewEuropeansdaredtoleavethesafetyoftheiranchoredships;fewerstillleftthesecurityofcoastalenclavesto explorethe"interior."