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Title:Pre-colonial markets in East Africa
Author:Wood, L.J.
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Geographic term:East Africa
Abstract:In West Africa, where rural market research has been particularly active, it is generally assumed that the market has formed an integral part of rural life for many centuries and it has been suggested that rural markets originally developed as a result of external trading contacts. Rural exchange remains a relatively unexplored topic in East Africa. There have only been a few localized rural market studies and researchers have tended to assume that the rural market in East Africa is a recent phenomenon, a phenomenon that only developed after colonial occupation and with colonial influence. Review of the literature from the later part of the 19th century on this subject indicates that this assumption is not correct. Whilst the contemporary markets of East Africa are largely a product of the, present century, markets were far more common in precolonial East Africa than is generally acknowledged and some of the characteristics colonial markets developed as a result of local initiative and a marked local variation in the availability of various products may have been an important factor stimulating this market development. Ref., notes.