Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Myles Osborne

Second Advisor

Fred Anderson

Third Advisor

Sanyu Mojola


This thesis explores women’s responses to change in the Senegambian region and their effects on 1400 to 1800 Senegambian economics, politics, society, and culture. Scholarship on the women of this period is largely absent. Still, studies on particular caste women during this time make it clear that women shaped European involvement in Senegambia. Through a focus on women of every caste, this study will demonstrate that women’s reactions to Europeans, climate, and conflict in Senegambia changed history. These findings improve historians’ understanding of Senegambia prior to 1800. The significance of this knowledge calls for further study to fill the gap in Senegambia’s written history.