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Title:The rubber trade of the Gold Coast and Asante in the nineteenth century: African innovation and market responsiveness
Author:Dumett, R.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Ghana
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180568
Abstract:In Ghana the rubber trade came into its own largely as a result of indigenous entrepreneurship and where European influence was peripheral. For about 15 years, from 1890 to 1905, the Gold Coast was the largest exporter of rubber in the British Empire and ranked among the five leading producers of wild rubber in the world. Very little research has been done on the details of the trade - the factors involved in its sudden rise, methods of production and marketing, the pattern of trade flows, and the causes of its ultimate decline. An: attempt is made to fill this void by drawing upon new evidence from oral interviews and private papers of African trading firms, along with field reports of 19th century district and travelling commissioners. Notes, summary, map.