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Title:Sierra Leone relations with the northern rivers and the influence of islam in the colony
Author:Skinner, D.ISNI
Year:1988
Periodical:International journal of Sierra Leone studies (ISSN 0951-5437)
Volume:1
Pages:91-113
Language:English
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Great Britain
Subjects:Islam
colonial conquest
Abstract:From the foundation of the Sierra Leone Company in 1787, its officers were well aware of the importance of territories to the north for the stability and development of the new colony. An area from 50-150 km. north of Freetown and stretching about 100 km. inland was known as the Northern Rivers. This region was made up of several small states which were dominated by Mande families and contained important centres of trade and Islamic learning. During the twenty years that the Sierra Leone Company tried to create a free trade, antislavery enterprise, and for the first twenty years of British Crown Colony rule, vigorous action was undertaken by officials to establish close economic and political ties with the Northern Rivers' states. Ironically, these relations also had unintended effects. Muslim missionaries arrived in the colony, and Islamic schools were established in substantial numbers. Before the middle of the 19th century, Islamic institutions were firmly planted in Sierra Leone. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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