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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Establishment of British Administration in Mamprugu, 1898-1937
Author:Iliasu, A.A.
Year:1975
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Volume:16
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:1-28
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
Subjects:colonial conquest
indirect rule
colonialism
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406578
Abstract:The Northern Territories Protectorate was brought under the Gold Coast administration in 1898. British ideas and policy and the implementation of British plans for administering the area are described for the period upto 1937. The British relied heavily on the chiefs, who as agents on the colonial administration became unpopular amongst their subjects. An obsession with 'the break up of what were kingdoms' and the absence of 'really big chiefs' was central to local government in the region and led to the administration's 'bolstering up' of the authority of the Nayiri (paramount chief of Mamprugu) and the constitution of the North-Eastern Province into the Kingdom of Mamprugu. Enquiries carried out in the 1930s pending the introduction of indirect rule 'served definitely to prove that... (this) was an arbitrary act, unsupported by historical facts,...'. Notes.
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