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Title:Alliance, diplomacy and subjugation: Germano-Bali relations in the Widikum area 1890-1914
Author:Ndeh, Martin SangoISNI
Periodical:Humanities Review Journal
Geographic terms:Kamerun
Subjects:Bali polity
political history
colonial history
Abstract:The blood pact concluded in 1889 between the German explorer Dr Eugene Zintgraff and Galega I of Bali-Nyonga was not only seen as a military accord but it was also extended to cover the commercial interests of the parties concerned. After the pact was concluded, Bali-Nyonga was designated the headquarters of German administration in the Western grasslands. The relationship between the Germans and Bali Nyonga was a 'marriage of convenience'. The Germans needed a strong fondom that would facilitate their imperialist activities in the Widikum area in the hinterlands of Cameroon. This was evident in the administrative and judicial powers and the labour recruitment responsibilities which the Germans granted the fon of Bali. Bali-Nyonga regarded its alliance with Germany as an opportunity to further consolidate its supremacy, which had already been established over the surrounding vassal fondoms before the Germans arrived. The union came to a halt in 1914 with the defeat of the Germans in the First World War. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]