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Title:Nineteenth Century Niger River Trade and the 1844-1862 Aboh Interregnum
Author:Kolapo, Femi J.
Periodical:African Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political change
Aboh polity
mercantile history
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper examines the 1844 to 1862 interregnum in Aboh in relation to 19th-century commerce in the Niger Delta (Nigeria). The paper is premised on the popular view that Aboh's 19th-century decline was due to economic problems brought about by the penetration of European commerce inland past Aboh. It argues that the early 19th-century lower Niger commerce and, particularly, the presence of European merchants in and beyond Aboh, had a disruptive impact on Aboh's social and political structure, going beyond a general economic downturn that afflicted the city. The penetration of Aboh and other communities beyond it by European merchants seems to be the single most important factor in the political turmoil that prevented the enthronement of a king in Aboh for about 18 years following the death of 'Obi' (King) Osai in 1844. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]