Prior to the conquest of the city it had a circumference of about four miles. There were British East India Company, Dutch West India Company, French East India Company and a Portuguese trading compound in the city, adjacent to the Royal Palace.
Overall the city was very populous and filled with throngs of people.
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- Harms, Robert. The Diligent: A Journey through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. New York: Basic Books, 2002. p. 155-156.
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