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Title:To the Palaver Islands: war and diplomacy on the Lagos lagoon in 1852-1854
Author:Smith, Robert
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The Lagos lagoon area, inhabited by different tribes, traditionally was a theatre of political rivalry and conflicting economic interests. In the middle of the 19th century the lagoon was disturbed by a feud between two claimants to the Lagos throne, Kosoko, who, reigned from 1845 until 1851 and first Akitoye, who had been expelled from the throne by Kosoko in 1845 and six years later reinstated by the British, and then Dosunmu, Akitoye's son and successor. After his overthrow, Kosoko took refuge at Epe on the north shore of the eastern, or Lagos, lagoon some thirty miles from Lagos. Epe was in the territory of Ijebu Ode, and thus the Ijebu had a part to play in the quarrel, as had also the Egba to the north. This situation is studied here, with the aim to throw light on the political and economic relations of the lagoon peoples and on there warfare, and also to illustrate the beginnings of official contacts between the Yoruba and the British and to give an insight into African, as well as European, methods of diplomacy. Dominant figures in this study: Kosoko and Benjamin Campbell, British consul at Lagos from 1853 until 1859. Notes, figure.