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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The administrative areas of Northern Ghana, 1898-1951
Author:Bening, R. BaguloISNI
Periodical:Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire, SÚrie B: Sciences humaines
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
regional government
Abstract:Northern Ghana, which constituted the protectorate of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast under colonial rule, was effectively occupied by the British towards the end of 1897. The principal means of consolidating alien rule was through the formation of administrative districts, initially under the supervision of British military officers. The districts were subdivided into small autonomous territorial entities known as native states until 1931. Between 1932 and 1949 the innumerable independent units were amalgamated into larger native authorities which were organized on the basis of ethnic distribution and a hierarchy of chiefs. By the judicious spread of administrative areas and centres the colonial power gradually and effectively extended its authority over the whole territory. This article discusses the evolution of the administrative areas and boundaries of Northern Ghana from the inception of colonial rule until 1951, when the Gold Coast achieved internal self-government. Notes, ref., sum. also in French.