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Title:German Trade with British West African Colonies, 1895-1918
Author:Olorunfemi, A.
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:mercantile history
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Abstract:For both Britain and Germany in the late nineteenth century acquisition of territories was largely motivated by the hope, if not the reality, of commercial profit. But having made so much fuss about the compeling commercial necessity for establishing full control over these colonies, it is interesting to note that each colonising nation did very little or nothing, nor was it possible in practical terms, to deliberately channel the trade of such territories predominantly for the benefit of the 'mother country' Thus until the outbreak of the First World War, European commercial rivalry among themselves in West Africa largely confirmed part of Adam Smith's observation in 1776 that the commercial advantages resulting from possession of territories 'every country had been obliged to share with many others'. The present authoargues that the trade of these colonies in fact ignored, to a large extent, the artificial political boundaries created by the partition, and followed routes best prepared for its reception. The pattern of Anglo-Geman rivalry in their trade with West African territories up to 1914 is a case in point. Notes.