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Title:A listing of the British colonial forts, military encampments and fortified bomas of Malawi
Authors:Njoloma, JamesISNI
Stuart-Mogg, David T.ISNI
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Great Britain
Imperialism, Colonialism
Cultural property
Historic sites
military bases
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779004
Abstract:The activities of the army in the early days of British rule in Malawi were closely related to the dictates of colonial and imperial policy. British political and economic interests were largely concentrated in the southern portion of the country, and the large majority of military personnel were deployed in what was later to become the Southern Province. This was reflected in the concentration of forts, military encampments, and fortified bomas (colonial administrative centres) in the south, with a relatively few others strategically sited at key points in the central and northern regions. The author provides a summary listing of these forts, indicating location, the contemporary situation and political atmosphere pertaining at the time they were built, the primary reason for the establishment of each fort, and the subsequent development, or abandonment, of the site. The article is an edited extract from the author's Master's Degree thesis, entitled 'The King's African Rifles and colonial development in Nyasaland (Malawi): 1890-1914', submitted to the University of Malawi in June 1988.