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Title:By Ship or By Camel: The Struggle for the Cameroons Ivory Trade in the Nineteenth Century
Author:Johnson, Marion
Year:1978
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:19
Issue:4
Pages:539-549
Language:English
Geographic term:Kamerun
Subjects:ivory
mercantile history
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
colonialism
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181164
Abstract:Ivory appears to have gone to the Cameroun coast in considerable quantity in the early nineteenth century, while little was being carried across the desert. By the middle of the century this position had been reserved. This paper traces the penetration of Hausa ivory traders to Adamawa and the southern ivory markets, and the subsequent struggle by European firms with posts on the Niger and the Benue to divert the trade back to the sea-borne route. Eventually the Germans in Kamerun had some success in diverting what had become a dwindling trade as the elephants fell victim to modern weapons and to the 'opening up' of the country. Graph, map, notes.
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