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Title:The Sierra Leone/Liberian boundary: a case of frontier imperialism
Author:Wyse, Akintola J.G.
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic terms:Sierra Leone
Abstract:This paper discusses the problems which accompanied the adjustment of the Sierra Leone/Liberian boundary in the late 19th/early 20th century. Several forces tried to influence the decisions of the Colonial Office; local officials in Sierra Leone, local rulers like Fabunde, ruler of Luawa, whose more distant Kissi territories were under Liberian sovereignty. Invariably the colonizing powers made decisions in the interest of their relationship with other powers, not necessarily decisions which would reflect the local requirements of their African dominions. This is illustrated by the case of the Tengea people. The boundary adjustments between France and Britain are also cases in point. In 1912 the relations established with the U.S.A. over the re-organization of Liberia had a decisive influence on the boundary question. Ref.