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Title:The kola nut trade in West Africa: a note on the Nigerian end of the trade under British rule, 1900-45
Author:Adebayo, A.G.ISNI
Periodical:Frankfurter afrikanistische Blätter
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
long-distance trade
Abstract:This paper examines the impact of colonial rule on the caravan trade in West Africa. Focusing on such articles as slaves, gold and salt, existing studies show that the colonial powers had to attack and disrupt the caravan trade before they could entrench themselves, and had to change the direction of the trade in order to achieve the economic goals of imperialism. The kola nut trade presented a different set of characteristics - it was a legitimate trade, but the article itself (kola nut) was not in high demand in Europe. Thus, it was treated differently by the colonial regimes. The British had little interest in the kola nut trade, but they sought to harness it to the revenue base of Nigeria. This affected the orientation of the trade, and after the initial interruption, the caravan trade in kola nuts resumed. The paper evaluates the impact of British policies, and identifies factors responsible for the resilience of the caravan trade in Nigeria. Notes, ref.