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Illustration of ship from Jean Barbot's journal (Cat ref: ADM 7/830A and ADM 7/830B) The illustrations used on these pages are taken from the journals of Jean Barbot, held by The National Archives. Between 1678 and 1682 Jean Barbot, a French commercial agent, traded for gold along the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in West Africa. His journals make a variety of observations on African life and include many beautiful illustrations. (Catalogue reference: ADM 7/830A and ADM 7/830B).