Old Ways Are Best!
Luke the Flaming wrote:
"Pop" tokens need a ship in the colony where the token is (to be "colonized", i.e. converted into one of your control tokens).
"Slaves" tokens need a ship in Africa (to be "colonized", i.e. converted into one of your control tokens).
I don't think you meant to include the first para of this response (your answer to the post which followed this would have given you an opportunity to reinforce the point but you declined). You do not need to have a ship off the coast of an overseas area where you are converting a "pop" counter into an influence counter of your own. Only the movement of army/fort units require a ship at their intended destinations (when moving from Europe to the colonies or from one colony to another).