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Title:Distributive network in Egbaland, 1880-1950
Author:Davies, Lanre
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:The paper examines the various means of distribution (both indigenous and modern) in pre-colonial and colonial Egbaland, Nigeria. The various distributive networks - trade routes and means of transportation - facilitated rapid economic activities not only in Abeokuta and its environs alone but also between Egbaland and other areas, especially Lagos, in the period 1880-1950. It also discusses the forces that shaped the character and form of the distributive network within the context of continuity and change. These forces actually aided the existence of an effective means of transportation without which economic activities in Egbaland could not have undergone the upsurge it experienced. In fact, the natural resources of a particular society, especially a developing one, can only be meaningfully tapped with the existence of an effective means of transportation that links different locations of these natural resources with various markets everywhere. However, the inclusion of Egbaland in the colonial economy, even though it improved the distributive network in Egbaland, did not stimulate internal exchange. The railway passing through Egbaland and linked by several feeder roads headed straight to the ports. There were few inter-village/town linkages and little attempt was made to use roads and railways as a stimulus for internal exchange. Notes, sum. [Journal abstract]