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Title:Stephan Szolc Rogozinski and the Anglo-German Rivalry in the Cameroons
Author:Betley, J.A.
Year:1969
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Volume:5
Issue:1
Period:December
Pages:101-136
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Great Britain
Germany
Subjects:colonization
History and Exploration
colonialism
Abstract:This study of the Cameroonian aspect of Anglo-German relations in the Bismarck era brings out the activity of a Polish traveller - Stefan Szolc Rogozinsky (1861-1896) - as a most unusual - possibly the most important - factor in the Anglo-German conflict in the Cameroon area. In 1883 the British Cabinet had decided on the annexation of the Cameroons. In 1884 the Germans also decided to annex their sphere of influence in the Cameroons, at that time consisting of little more than a coastal strip ('the whole country opposite Fernando Po'). The area of Anglo-German conflict described here was even smaller. The competition between the two nations was inaugurated by two acts which, by coincidence, took place on the same day, 28 August 1884: the hoisting by Dr Nachtigal of the German flag in Hickory Town, and the treaty between the British and Rogozinsky resulting in the land of Bota becoming a separate British protectorate, adjoining the Colony of Victoria. The article describes further activities of Rogozinsky in the area and reviews Bismarck's colonial policy. Notes, map.
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