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Title:Location of district administrative capitals in the northern territories of the Gold Coast (1897-1951)
Author:Bening, R.B.ISNI
Periodical:Bulletin de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire, SÚrie B: Sciences humaines
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:indirect rule
regional government
Abstract:This article discusses the factors that influenced the choice of district headquarters stations in the Northern Territories during the period preceding the introduction of local government. Economic and political considerations led to the siting of administrative stations away from the traditional capitals and on major trade routes for the collection of caravan tolls and in the most active frontiers where British influence and authority were either expanding or contracting. With the introduction of indirect rule and the increased importance of chiefs in local administration traditional capitals regained their lost prestige as Native Authority headquarters. However, the earlier capitals have consolidated their importance as economic, political, and cultural foci of higher order administrative divisions in spite of the proliferation of local councils since 1952. Notes, figures, summary, also in French.