Commerce and Economic Change in West Africa: The Palm Oil Trade in the Nineteenth Century

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A key theme in the West African trading system of the nineteenth century is the transition from the slave trade to 'legitimate' commerce, and its significance for the African societies of the region.In this period of transition, trade in palm oil was at the core of relations between Britain and West Africa in the 19th century, and of immense importance to the economies of large parts of West Africa. Filling a major gap in the literature, Martin Lynn's authoritative study of the trade covers the whole of this critical period for all of West Africa.
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"Lynn's command and interpretation of the various sources is most impressive. A significant contribution to the economic history of both West Africa and the British Empire. Undergraduates and above." Choice

"...Martin Lynn has provided a definitive study of the palm oil trade that is likely to prove a lasting one." Jan Hogendorn, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521590747
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: African Studies Series, #93
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
List of tables
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
Pt. I The development of the palm oil trade in the first half of the nineteenth century 9
1 The West African trade in transition 11
2 African producers and palm oil production 34
3 African brokers and the growth of the palm oil trade 60
4 British traders, British ports, and the expansion of the palm oil trade 82
Pt. II The restructuring of the palm products trade in the second half of the nineteenth century 103
5 Technological change, the British market, and African producers 105
6 British traders and the restructuring of the palm products trade 128
7 African brokers and the struggle for the palm products trade 151
8 The coming of colonial rule and the ending of legitimate trade 171
Conclusion 188
Notes 191
Select bibliography 240
Index 260
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