THE DECLINE OF THE TRADITIONAL IRON WORKING INDUSTRY IN THE ABUJA AREA OF CENTRAL NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF BRITISH COLONIAL POLICIES. c. 1800-1960

Author(s): Abiye E. Ichaba

Year: 2016

Summary

By the beginning of the 19th century iron working played important roles in the economic and socio-cultural ways of the inhabitants of Abuja. The traditionally produced iron tools and implements provided the much needed tools for agriculture, warfare, trade, inter-group relations, control of the environment, and other socio-cultural developments. By c. 1800 A.D., British colonial interests in the area had increased, just like other parts of Nigeria. This paper explores the decline of the traditional iron working industry in this part of Nigeria as a result of British colonial policies on mining, solid minerals, forestry, and recycling of imported iron scraps from Europe to Nigeria. It clearly demonstrates how British colonial policies contributed to the decline of some traditional industries in this part of Africa, specifically the iron working industry.

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THE DECLINE OF THE TRADITIONAL IRON WORKING INDUSTRY IN THE ABUJA AREA OF CENTRAL NIGERIA: THE ROLE OF BRITISH COLONIAL POLICIES. c. 1800-1960. Abiye E. Ichaba. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434755)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: 2.72; min lat: 4.273 ; max long: 14.645; max lat: 13.891 ;

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PaperId(s): 624