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HIST 2750 (1)

Colonial Agriculture and Industry Lecture/Movie Notes

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York University
HIST 2750
Jose Curto

ASHIST 2750 60A Jan 24 Lecture NotesColonial Agriculture and IndustryEuropean Dependence on AfricansDaytoday governing o 1930s French Equatorial Africaonly 206 administrative officers assisted by 400 specialists and technical officers o 1930s British Tropical Africa exclude Egypt Sudan Southern Africa1000 administrative officers assisted by 40005000 specialists o 1930s Belgian Congo728 officerso 1930s Belgian Randa and Barundionly 50 Europeans in chargeIf there are so few Europeans in charge then who is sunning these territoriesAfrican intermediaries idea of allpowerfulEuropean was an absolute fabricationNew Realities EmergingAgricultural revolution was taking place that was assisted by African intermediaries Agriculturemost important resourceeconomic industry Even with supposed might of Europeans most of the agriculture was carried out by African farmers who made their own decisions Why is this important to keep in mind o Africans were largely continuing to dominate agricultural productiono African producers begin to make decisions to daily adjustments that they have to make in response to the opportunities that are emerging around themarrival of the train Arrival of the trainCheaperfasterfurther transport of goodsNew decisions based on new opportunities Newer CropsAfrican consumption and exporttho Ex Senegalpeanuts jumping from 50k metric tons in mid 19 century to 140k in end thof 19 centuryFrench could penetrate further and further into the interior thLocal Labour Supplies Insufficient beginning of 20 centuryNo longer to keep up with demand of productionMigratory labour systems emerged in West Africa especially o Ex Peanut farms in Gambia and Senegal started to suck in labour from neighbouring colonies Seasonal labour markets emerged peanuts in Gambia and Senegal coco in Ghana o Coco in Ghana in the1950s300k coming into northern Ghana annually to work on coco farms Not all of these migrants returned to their homes
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