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Title:Salt of the desert sun: a history of salt production and trade in the Central Sudan
Author:Lovejoy, Paul E.ISNI
Year:1986
ISSN:0065-406X
Issue:46
Pages:351
Language:English
Series:African studies series
City:Cambridge
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:0521301823
Geographic terms:Niger
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:economic history
salt industry
Abstract:The focus of the book is on reconstructing a picture of a premodern salt industry by analyzing its organisation in the Sokoto caliphate and Borno. With relatively simple technology salt workers and merchants were able to manipulate the natural conditions of their environment to a significant degree to produce 10,000-20,000 tonnes of salt and natron per year. Reliance on animal transport prevented the expansion of production beyond that level. Production and trade were confined to regional markets; the weak links with capitalism meant that there was virtually no impact on the industry from the external world before 1900. The salt industry fitted into a larger social and economic formation within the central Sudan.
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