British Contact with the North


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Earlier it was noticed that the initial trading operations were endeavours by competing private companies. It was also noticed that the British Government held aloof and frankly demonstrated its intention of taking no part in the affairs of the West African region. The trading companies naturally confined their activities to the rivers and the land easily accessible from them. They were not concerned with what happened in the interior.
As happened earlier in the South, French expansionism forced the British administration to take steps. French colonial expeditions were soon forcing their ways into the interior and the little state of Borgu which lay on the west bank of the Niger River was the first object of attention. In 1890, the British Government agreed to recognise as French territory an area to the south of the river. In order to retain its hold on the northern part, the Government found it…

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