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Title:Trade and Trade Routes within the Okigwe Area in the 19th Century
Author:Udeagha, Mazi C.O.
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:economic history
trade routes
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24328622
Abstract:This study examines trade routes and the trading system in the Okigwe area, Imo State, Nigeria, in the 19th century. Throughout Igboland, products were mainly exchanged on the market. Each community had a central market which served as the centre of economic life, as an integrative agent, and as a symbol of group identity. Consequently, each group made an effort to enhance and maintain the reputation of its market by establishing certain codes, customs and regulations. The article pays attention to the movement of goods and services, the location of markets, the types of market (regional, local, seasonal), market councils, products traded, the interrelationships between markets, and market cycles or market rings. Notes, ref.