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Title:The lure of Katanga copper: Tanganyika Concessions Limited and the anatomy of mining and mine exploration 1899-1906
Author:Särkkä, Timo
Periodical:South African Historical Journal (ISSN 1726-1686)
Geographic terms:Zambia
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:copper mining
mining companies
colonial history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02582473.2016.1153707
Abstract:This article provides a rare opportunity to follow the inception of mining and mine exploration economy in the first years of the European presence in colonial Zambia and Katanga as seen through the eyes of prospectors and mining experts working for the London-based company Tanganyika Concessions Limited. It draws on company records as well as the personal records of the early company employees who worked in North Western Rhodesia and adjoining Katanga until 1906. The most thought-provoking documents include diaries, letters and photographs, which depict the organisation and processes of early mining work, modes of mine exploration, and relations within the first mining communities and between white management and African labour. The wide range of available materials makes the Tanganyika Concessions a relevant case study; they offer a fuller picture of the inception of European mining and mine exploration in North Western Rhodesia and Katanga than is available elsewhere. Taken as a whole, they provide insight into the operation of colonising processes: in particular how these processes took place, why they were considered desirable by various interest groups, and the impact that these processes had on physical and human environments in parts of North Western Rhodesia and Katanga. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]