Zylstra, Trenton Michael
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The goal of this thesis was to explore the form, construction, and use, of Senegambian watercraft, with a particular focus on neglected Gambian watercraft in the context of the Gambian maritime cultural landscape. This was done through the synthesis of large amount of data primarily consisting of textual evidence including historical accounts and modern studies, and pictographic evidence such as illustrations and photographs. The period covered in this thesis spanned from the mid fifteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Prior to this thesis there was no comprehensive study of Senegambian watercraft through history. Historical African watercraft are an understudied topic in need of more attention. This thesis covered three main themes, the maritime cultural landscape of Senegal, and in particular the Gambia, a synthesis of the historical data and technical details of Senegambian watercraft. The Senegambian watercraft were shown to be simultaneously diverse and convergent in several areas. This appeared to have been the result of the interconnectedness of the region and geographic constraints. Watercraft also showed careful adaptation to the areas they were used in and for their intended uses. Senegambian watercraft despite being influenced by Europeans also displayed a highly indigenous character and showed many unique innovations and design features.
Zylstra, Trenton Michael. (December 2021). Senegambian Watercraft (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/9728.)
Zylstra, Trenton Michael. Senegambian Watercraft. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, December 2021. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/9728. May 23, 2022.
Zylstra, Trenton Michael, “Senegambian Watercraft” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, December 2021).
Zylstra, Trenton Michael. Senegambian Watercraft [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; December 2021.
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