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Published by African Studies Centre in Leiden, The Netherlands .
Written in English



  • Africa, West


  • Inland water transportation -- Africa, West -- History.,
  • Colonial companies -- Africa, West -- History.,
  • Africa, West -- Commerce -- History.

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 29-38).

StatementH. Laurens van der Laan.
SeriesWorking papers / African Studies Centre ;, no. 1, Working papers (Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Afrika-Studiecentrum) ;, no. 1.
ContributionsRijksuniversiteit te Leiden. Afrika-Studiecentrum.
LC ClassificationsHE706.5 .L3 1980
The Physical Object
Pagination38 p. :
Number of Pages38
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1309006M
LC Control Number92178234

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Title: Modern inland transport and the European trading firms in colonial West Africa: Author: Laan, van der H.L. Date issued: Access: Open Access: Reference(s)Cited by: 5. The Red Book of West Africa: Historical and Descriptive, Commercial and Industrial Facts, Figures, and Resources. "The European Trading Companies in West Africa: Their Withdrawal from Up-Country Trading, " van der Laan, H.L. (). "Modern Inland Transport and the European Trading Firms in Colonial West Africa." Cahiers d Cited by: 5. Modern inland transport and the European trading firms in colonial West Africa effects of modern transport on advance into the interior, structure and organization, and withdrawal from the.   West African economic growth rates have been insufficient in most countries to make significant reductions in poverty. Essentially, West Africa’s farmers and firms produce and trade in highly localized markets and do not achieve the sufficient economies of scale required to attract broad-based investment that could accelerate growth and reduce poverty.

The result was a string of European settlements from present day SENEGAL to the coast of modern NIGERIA. Centuries later these trading posts became the bases for European colonial claims in western Africa. European traders referred to sections of the coast by the main goods traded there: grain, ivory, gold, and slaves. Southern Africa - Southern Africa - European and African interaction from the 15th through the 18th century: The first Europeans to enter Southern Africa were the Portuguese, who from the 15th century edged their way around the African coast in the hope of outflanking Islam, finding a sea route to the riches of India, and discovering additional sources of food. The early European Christian missionaries in West Africa experienced a number of difficulties, some arising from factors outside their control and others of their own making. Unsuitable Climatic Conditions; The tropical climatic condition in the country was not favourable to the early missionaries who came to the shores of West Africa.   The history of external colonisation of Africa can be divided into two stages: Classical antiquity and European colonialism. In popular parlance, discussions of colonialism in Africa usually focus on the European conquests that resulted in the scramble for Africa after the Berlin Conference in the 19th century.

Colonial Nigeria was the era in the History of Nigeria when the region of West Africa was ruled by Great Britain in from the mid-nineteenth century until , when Nigeria achieved independence. British influence in the region began with the prohibition of slave trade to British subjects in Britain annexed Lagos in and established the Oil River Protectorate in The Gold Coast was a British Crown Colony on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa from to its independence as part of the nation of Ghana in The term Gold Coast is also often used to describe all of the four separate jurisdictions that were under the administration of the Governor of the Gold were the Gold Coast itself, Ashanti, the Northern Territories Protectorate and the. Colonial trade has been emphasized as one of the main features of colonial extraction. It has been argued that, in French Africa, trade monopsonies and forced labor were introduced as a strategy to reduce prices to agricultural producers and to increase pro t margins of European trading companies. Western Africa ( %) had the highest growth rate, followed by Southern Africa ( %) and Eastern Africa ( %). Thanks to the ease of modern transport and communications, it is now easier to produce, buy and sell goods around the world which gives European companies of every size the potential to trade outside Europe. Direct access to.