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Title:The fluctuating significance of Nigerian seaports before 1914
Author:Ogundana, Babafemi
Year:1967
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Volume:3
Issue:2
Pages:44-71
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:ports
Abstract:The attempt of this paper is to study the changing significance of Nigeria's seaports during what could be called the pro-modern period of port development in Nigeria, a period for which hardly anything has appeared on the study of ports. This study of Nigeria's pre-modern ports reveals that there were periods of intense port activity with few significant ports or port concentration, alternating with periods of dispersed port functioning or port diffusion. Over the first 5 periods (c. 1500-c. 1860) the Bonny area always had a leading port. By the 4th period (c. 1860-c.1914) the important port was Old Opobo. The Lagos area was, in comparison with the Bonny entrance, rathe; a late starter in shipping. But as from the beginning of the 19th century, Lagos has remained a leading port. The present-day importance of the ports of Lagos and Port Harcourt had long-established roots in the patterns of fluctuating significance of Nigeria's ports before the 20th century. Notes; figures; tables; appendix.
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