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Title:Inland Ports and European Trading Firms in Southeastern Nigeria
Author:Noah, Monday E.
Year:1989
Periodical:African affairs: the journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:88
Issue:350
Period:January
Pages:25-40
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:mercantile history
ports
Economics and Trade
Development and Technology
History and Exploration
colonialism
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722595
Abstract:Within the context of southeastern Nigeria in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, there were quite a number of inland ports about which very little is known but which nevertheless were central to the overseas trade with the Europeans. This article identifies some of these inland ports in relation to their contributions to the overseas trade. It brings in the entrepot port of Calabar about which much has been written only to provide meaningful linkages, otherwise it is concerned with such inland ports like Itu, Ikpa, Uya Oron, Nwaniba, Eket, as well as the lesser known ports such as Esuk Odu, Ishiet, Urua Eye, Ndiya, and Ikot Iwud. These ports and their landward links supported a very lively trade even after the trade in slaves had changed to the trade in inanimate commodities that followed. These ports and rivers served to attract European trading firms into the interior until the development of modern road transportation systems led to the decline in the importance of these rivers and ports. Ref.
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