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Title:The Establishment of Protectorate Administration in Senegal, 1890-1904
Author:Idowu, H. Oludare
Year:1968
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Volume:4
Issue:2
Period:June
Pages:247-267
Language:English
Geographic terms:Senegal
France
Subjects:colonization
colonialism
history
1890-1899
History and Exploration
Abstract:To many people, it seems strange that the Senegalese hinterland, which appears to have played no significant part in the history of Senegal before 1945, should emerge after the War to dictate the political tune in the colony. The general misconception about the former position of the rural districts is caused by the pre-eminence enjoyed by the quatre communes as the economic, social and political centres of gravity. But these urban centres were not a true reflection of Senegal. Dakar, which had by the beginning of the twentieth century emerged as the most important of them, was an artificial creation. To understand post-war political developments in Senegal, one must go beyond merely citing the political acumen and leadership of Leopold Sedar Senghor, and examine the hitherto obscure history of the Senegalese interior. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to provide an introduction to that history by discussing the origins of the system of administration established for the areas between 1890 and 1904. Notes, maps.
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