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Title:The Origins of the West African Frontier Force
Author:Ukpabi, Samson C.
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Geographic terms:West Africa
Great Britain
colonial forces
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The history of English-speaking West Africa in the 2nd half of the 19th century was to a great extent interwoven with European military developments on the West Coast. The history of Northern Nigeria from 1897-1906, for example, can be written in terms of the West African Frontier Force. The West African Frontier Force came into existence in 1897 as a counter against the French during the critical period of Anglo-French rivalry on the Niger. Examined is what influence weapons had over tactics on the West Coast and what the influence was of indigenous tactics on European tactics and vice versa; reassessed are the reasons for the successes or failures of European arms; determined is the influence of the military on political, economic and social development and what were the 'decisive battles' in West Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. Notes.