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Title:Curing the cancer of the colony: Bagamoyo, Dar es Salaam, and socioeconomic struggle in German East Africa
Author:Fabian, StevenISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Volume:40
Issue:3
Pages:441-469
Language:English
Geographic term:German East Africa
Subjects:colonialism
capitals
social networks
mercantile history
long-distance trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40034038
Abstract:The author examines attempts by the Sultanate of Zanzibar, the British and, particularly, the Germans to outmaneuver the economically important town of Bagamoyo in favour of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Examining these two towns from the 1860s to 1907, the author argues that the German decision to build their colonial capital at Dar es Salaam was not just a move to its superior port, but also a move away from the trading community of Bagamoyo. In Bagamoyo, where the townspeople had firmly established socioeconomic ties with interior traders, the German imperialists were unable and unwilling to coercively wrest trade from this precolonial community. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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