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Лекция: Africa

AFRICA, the name of a continent representing the largest of the three great
southward projections from the main mass of the earth's surface. It includes
within its remarkably regular outline an area, according to the most recent
computations, of 11,262,000 sq. m., excluding the islands.1 Separated from
Europe by the Mediterranean Sea, it is joined to Asia at its N.E. extremity
by the Isthmus of Suez, 80 m. wide. From the most northerly point, Ras ben
Sakka, a little west of Cape Blanc, in 37 deg. 21' N., to the most southerly
point, Cape Agulhas, 34 deg. 51' 15'' S., is a distance approximately of 5000
m.; from Cape Verde, 17 deg. 33' 22'' W., the westernmost point, to Ras
Hafun, 51 deg. 27' 52'' E., the most easterly projection, is a distance (also
approximately) of 4600 m. The length of coast-line is 16,100 m. and the
absence of deep indentations of the shore is shown by the fact that Europe,
which covers only 3,760,000 sq. m., has a coast-line of 19,800 m.
                              I. PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY                              
The main structural lines of the continent show both the east-to-west
direction characteristic, at least in the eastern hemisphere, of the more
northern parts of the world, and the north-to-south direction seen in the
southern peninsulas. Africa is thus composed of two segments at right angles,
the northern running from east to west, the southern from north to south, the
subordinate lines corresponding in the main to these two directions.
Main Geographical Features.—The mean elevation of the continent approximates
closely to 2000 ft., which is roughly the elevation of both North and South
America, but is considerably less than that of Asia (3117 ft.). In contrast
with the other continents it is marked by the comparatively small area both
of very high and of very low ground, lands under 600 ft. occupying an
unusually small part of the surface; while not only are the highest
elevations inferior to those of Asia and South America, but the area of land
over 10,000 ft. is also quite insignificant, being represented almost
entirely by individual peaks and mountain ranges. Moderately elevated
tablelands are thus the characteristic feature of the continent, though the
surface of these is broken by higher peaks and ridges. (So prevalent are
these isolated peaks and ridges that a special term [Inselberg-landschaft]
has been adopted in Germany to describe this kind of country, which is
thought to be in great part the result of wind action.) As a general rule,
the higher tablelands lie to the east and south, while a progressive
diminution in altitude towards the west and north is observable. Apart from
the lowlands and the Atlas range, the continent may be divided into two
regions of higher and lower plateaus, the dividing line (somewhat concave to
the north-west) running from the middle of the Red Sea to about 6 deg. S. on
the west coast. We thus obtain the following four main divisions of the
continent:—-(1) The coast plains—-often fringed seawards by mangrove
swamps—never stretching far from the coast, except on the lower courses of
streams. Recent alluvial flats are found chiefly in the delta of the more
important rivers. Elsewhere the coast lowlands merely form the lowest steps
of the system of terraces which constitutes the ascent to the inner plateaus.
(2) The Atlas range, which, orographically, is distinct from the rest of the
continent, being unconnected with any other area of high ground, and
separated from the rest of the continent on the south by a depressed and
desert area (the Sahara), in places below sea-level. (3) The high southern
and eastern plateaus, rarely falling below 2000 ft., and having a mean
elevation of about 3500 ft. (4) The north and west African plains, bordered
and traversed by bands of higher ground, but generally below 2000 ft. This
division includes the great desert of the Sahara.
The third and fourth divisions may be again subdivided. Thus the high
plateaus include:—(a) The South African plateau as far as about 12 deg. S.,
bounded east, west and south by bands of high ground which fall steeply to
the coasts. On this account South Africa has a general resemblance to an
inverted saucer. Due south the plateau rim is formed by three parallel steps
with level ground between them. The largest of these level areas, the Great
Karroo, is a dry, barren region, and a large tract of the plateau proper is
of a still more arid character and is known as the Kalahari Desert. The South
African plateau is connected towards the north-east with (b) the East African
plateau, with probably a slightly greater average elevation, and marked by
some distinct features. It is formed by a widening out of the eastern axis of
high ground, which becomes subdivided into a number of zones running north
and south and consisting in turn of ranges, tablelands and depressions. The
most striking feature is the existence of two great lines of depression, due
largely to the subsidence of whole segments of the earth's crust, the lowest
parts of which are occupied by vast lakes. Towards the south the two lines
converge and give place to one great valley (occupied by Lake Nyasa), the
southern part of which is less distinctly due to rifting and subsidence than
the rest of the system. Farther north the western depression, sometimes known
as the Central African trough or Albertine rift-valley, is occupied for more
than half its length by water, forming the four lakes of Tanganyika, Kivu,
Albert Edward and Albert, the first-named over 400 m. long and the longest
freshwater lake in the world. Associated with these great valleys are a
number of volcanic peaks, the greatest of which occur on a meridional line
east of the eastern trough. The eastern depression, known as the East African
trough or rift-valley, contains much smaller lakes, many of them brackish and
without outlet, the only one comparable to those of the western trough being
Lake Rudolf or Basso Norok. At no great distance east of this rift-valley are
Kilimanjaro—with its two peaks Kibo and Mawenzi, the former 19,321 ft., and
the culminating point of the whole continent—and Kenya (17,007 ft.). Hardly
less important is the Ruwenzori range (over 16,600 ft.), which lies east of
the western trough. Other volcanic peaks rise from the floor of the valleys,
some of the Kirunga (Mfumbiro) group, north of Lake Kivu, being still
partially active. (c) The third division of the higher region of Africa is
formed by the Abyssinian highlands, a rugged mass of mountains forming the
largest continuous area of its altitude in the whole continent, little of its
surface falling below 5000 ft., while the summits reach heights of 15,000 to
16,000 ft. This block of country lies just west of the line of the great East
African trough, the northern continuation of which passes along its eastern
escarpment as it runs up to join the Red Sea. There is, however, in the
centre a circular basin occupied by Lake Tsana.
Both in the east and west of the continent the bordering highlands are continued
as strips of plateau parallel to the coast, the Abyssinian mountains being
continued northwards along the Red Sea coast by a series of ridges reaching in
places a height of 7000 ft. In the west the zone of high land is broader but
somewhat lower. The most mountainous districts lie inland from the head of the
Gulf of Guinea (Adamawa, &c.), where heights of 6000 to 8000 ft. are
reached. Exactly at the head of the gulf the great peak of the Cameroon, on a
line of Volcanic action continued by the islands to the south-west, has a
height of 13,370 ft., while Clarence Peak, in Fernando Po, the first of the
line of islands, rises to over 9000. Towards the extreme west the Futa Jallon
highlands form an important diverging point of rivers, but beyond this, as far
as the Atlas chain, the elevated rim of the continent is almost wanting.
The area between the east and west coast highlands, which north of 17 deg. N.
is mainly desert, is divided into separate basins by other bands of high
ground, one of which runs nearly centrally through North Africa in a line
corresponding roughly with the curved axis of the continent as a whole. The
best marked of the basins so formed (the Congo basin) occupies a circular
area bisected by the equator, once probably the site of an inland sea. The
arid region, the Sahara—the largest desert in the world, covering 3,500,000
sq. m.—extends from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. Though generally of slight
elevation it contains mountain ranges with peaks rising to 8000 ft. Bordered
N.W. by the Atlas range, to the N.E. a rocky plateau separates it from the
Mediterranean; this plateau gives place at the extreme east to the delta of
the Nile. That river (see below) pierces the desert without modifying its
character. The Atlas range, the north-westerly part of the continent, between
its seaward and landward heights encloses elevated steppes in places 100 m.
broad. From the inner slopes of the plateau numerous wadis take a direction
towards the Sahara. The greater part of that now desert region is, indeed,
furrowed by old water-channels.
The following table gives the approximate altitudes of the chief mountains
and lakes of the continent:—
Mountains.            Ft.       Lakes.           Ft.
Rungwe (Nyasa)    .   10,400     Chad  . . . . 8502
Drakensberg  .   .   10,7002 Leopold II  . . 1100
Lereko or Sattima .   13,2143 Rudolf   . . . 1250
(Aberdare Range)              Nyasa    . . . 16453
Cameroon     .   .   13,370     Albert Nyanza  . 20282
Elgon   .   .   .   14,1523 Tanganyika  . . 26243
Karissimbi   .   .              Ngami . . . . 2950
(Mfumbiro)    .   14,6833 Mweru . . . . 3000
Meru    .   .   .   14,9553 Albert Edward  . 30043
Taggharat (Atlas) .   15,0002 Bangweulu. . . 3700
Simen Mountains,  .   15,1602 Victoria Nyanza. 37203
Abyssinia                     Abai  . . . . 4200
Ruwenzori    .   .   16,6193 Kivu  . . . . 48293
Kenya   .   .   .   17,0073 Tsana . . . . 5690
Kilimanjaro  .   .   19,3213 Naivasha . . . 61353
The Hydrographic Systems.—-From the outer margin of the African plateaus a
large number of streams run to the sea with comparatively short courses,
while the larger rivers flow for long distances on the interior highlands
before breaking through the outer ranges. The main drainage of the continent
is to the north and west, or towards the basin of the Atlantic Ocean. The
high lake plateau of East Africa contains the head-waters of the Nile and
Congo: the former the longest, the latter the largest river of the continent.
The upper Nile receives its chief supplies from the mountainous region
adjoining the Central African trough in the neighbourhood of the equator.
Thence streams pour east to the Victoria Nyanza, the largest African lake
(covering over 26,000 sq. m.), and west and north to the Albert Edward and
Albert Nyanzas, to the latter of which the effluents of the other two lakes
add their waters. Issuing from it the Nile flows north, and between 7 deg.
and 10 deg. N. traverses a vast marshy level during which its course is
liable to blocking by floating vegetation. After receiving the Bahr-el-Ghazal
from the west and the Sobat, Blue Nile and Atbara from the Abyssinian
highlands (the chief gathering ground of the flood-water), it crosses the
great desert and enters the Mediterranean by a vast delta. The most remote
head-stream of the Congo is the Chambezi, which flows south-west into the
marshy Lake Bangweulu. From this lake issues the Congo, known in its upper
course by various names. Flowing first south, it afterwards turns north
through Lake Mweru and descends to the forest-clad basin of west equatorial
Africa. Traversing this in a majestic northward curve and receiving vast
supplies of water from many great tributaries, it finally turns south-west
and cuts a way to the Atlantic Ocean through the western highlands. North of
the Congo basin and separated from it by a broad undulation of the surface is
the basin of Lake Chad—-a flat-shored, shallow lake filled principally by the
Shad coming from the south-east. West of this is the basin of the Niger, the
third river of Africa, which, though flowing to the Atlantic, has its
principal source in the far west, and reverses the direction of flow
exhibited by the Nile and Congo. An important branch, however—the Benue—comes
from the south-east. These four river-basins occupy the greater part of the
lower plateaus of North and West Africa, the remainder consisting of arid
regions watered only by intermittent streams which do not reach the sea. Of
the remaining rivers of the Atlantic basin the Orange, in the extreme south,
brings the drainage from the Drakensberg on the opposite side of the
continent, while the Kunene, Kwanza, Ogowe and Sanaga drain the west corst
highlands of the southern limb; the Volta, Komoe, Bandama, Gambia and Senegal
the highlands of the western limb. North of the Senegal for over 1000 m. of
coast the arid region reaches to the Atlantic. Farther north are the streams,
with comparatively short courses, which reach the Atlantic and Mediterranean
from the Atlas mountains.
Of the rivers flowing to the Indian Ocean the only one draining any large
part of the interior plateaus is the Zambezi, whose western branches rise in
the west coast highlands. The main stream has its rise in 11 deg. 21' 3'' S.
24 deg. 22' E. at an elevation of 5000 ft. It flows west and south for a
considerable distance before turning to the east. All the largest
tributaries, including the Shire, the outflow of Lake Nyasa, flow down the
southern slopes of the band of high ground which stretches across the
conbnent in 10 deg. to 12 deg. S. In the south-west the Zambezi system
interlaces with that of the Taukhe (or Tioghe), from which it at times
receives surplus water. The rest of the water of the Taukhe, known in its
middle course as the Okavango, is lost in a system of swamps and saltpans
which formerly centred in Lake Ngami, now dried up. Farther south the Limpopo
drains a portion of the interior plateau but breaks through the bounding
highlands on the side of the continent nearest its source. The Rovuma,
Rufiji, Tana, Juba and Webi Shebeli principally drain the outer slopes of the
East African highlands, the last named losing itself in the sands in close
proximity to the sea. Another large stream, the Hawash, rising in the
Abyssinian mountains, is lost in a saline depression near the Gulf of Aden.
Lastly, between the basins of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans there is an area
of inland drainage along the centre of the East African plateau, directed
chiefly into the lakes in the great rift-valley. The largest river is the
Omo, which, fed by the rains of the Abyssinian highlands, carries down a
large body of water into Lake Rudolf. The rivers of Africa are generally
obstructed either by bars at their mouths or by cataracts at no great
distance up-stream. But when these obstacles have been overcome the rivers
and lakes afford a network of navigable waters of vast extent.
The calculation of the areas of African drainage systems, made by Dr A.
Bludau (Petermanns Mitteilungen, 43, 1897, pp. 184-186) gives the following
general results:—
Basin of the Atlantic  . . . . . 4,070,000 sq. m.
''      ''   Mediterranean   . . . 1,680,000   ''
''      ''   Indian Ocean . . . . 2,086,000   ''
Inland drainage area   . . . . . 3,452,000   ''
The areas of individual river-basins are:—
Congo    (length over 3000 m.)  . . 1,425,000 sq. m.
Nile     (  ''  fully 4000 m.)  . . 1,082,0004 ''
Niger    (  ''  about 2600 m.)  . . 808,0005   ''
Zambezi  (  ''   ''   2000 m.)  . . 513,500     ''
Lake Chad  . . . . . . . . . 394,000     ''
Orange  (length about 1300 m.)  . . 370,505  ''
''    (actual drainage area)  . . 172,500     ''
The area of the Congo basin is greater than that of any other river except
the Amazon, while the African inland drainage area is greater than that of
any continent but Asia, in which the corresponding area is 4,000,000 sq. m.
The principal African lakes have been mentioned in the description of the
East African plateau, but some of the phenomena connected with them may be
spoken of more particularly here. As a rule the lakes which occupy portions
of the great rift-valleys have steep sides and are very deep. This is the
case with the two largest of the type, Tanganyika and Nyasa, the latter of
which has depths of 430 fathoms. Others, however, are shallow, and hardly,
reach the steep sides of the valleys in the dry season. Such are Lake Rukwa,
in a subsidiary depression north of Nyasa, and Eiassi and Manyara in the
system of the eastern rift-valley. Lakes of the broad type are of moderate
depth, the deepest sounding in Victoria Nyanza being under 50 fathoms. Apart
from the seasonal variations of level, most of the lakes show periodic
fluctuations, while a progressive desiccation of the whole region is said to
be traceable, tending to the ultimate disappearance of the lakes. Such a
drying up has been in progress during long geologic ages, but doubt exists as
to its practical importance at the present time. The periodic fluctuations in
the level of Lake Tanganyika are such that its outllow is intermittent.
Besides the East African lakes the principal are:—-Lake Chad, in the northern
area of inland drainage; Bangweulu and Mweru, traversed by the head-stream of
the Congo; and Leopold II. and Ntomba (Mantumba), within the great bend of
that river. All, exceot possibly Mweru, are more or less shallow, and Chad
appears to by drying up. The altitudes of the African lakes have already been
Divergent opinions have been beld as to the mode of origin of the East African
lakes, especially Tanganyika, which some geologists have considered to
represent an old arm of the sea, dating from a time when the whole central
Congo basin was under water; others holding that the lake water has accumulated
in a depression caused by subsidence. The former view is based on the existence
in the lake of organisms of a decidedly marine type. They include a jelly-fish,
molluscs, prawns, crabs, &c., and were at first considered to form an
isolated group found in no other of the African lakes; but this supposition has
been proved to be erroneous.
Islands.—With one exception—-Madagascar—the African islands are small.
Madagascar, with an area of 229,820 sq. m., is, after New Guinea and Borneo,
the largest island of the world.
It lies off the S.E. coast of the continent, from which it is separated by
the deep Mozambique channel, 250 m. wide at its narrowest point. Madagascar
in its general structure, as in flora and fauna, forms a connecting link
between Africa and southern Asia. East of Madagascar are the small islands of
Mauritius and Reunion. Sokotra lies E.N.E. of Cape Guardafui. Off the north-
west coast are the Canary and Cape Verde archipelagoes. which, like some
small islands in the Gulf of Guinea, are of volcanic origin.
Climate and Health.—-Lying almost entirely within the tropics, and equally to
north and south of the equator, Africa does not show excessive variations of
temperature. Great heat is experienced in the lower plains and desert regions
of North Africa, removed by the great width of the continent from the
influence of the ocean, and here, too, the contrast between day and night,
and between summer and winter, is greatest. (The rarity of the air and the
great radiation during the night cause the temperature in the Sahara to fall
occasionally to freezing point.) Farther south, the heat is to some extent
modified by the moisture brought from the ocean, and by the greater elevation
of a large part of the surface, especially in East Africa, where the range of
temperature is wider than in the Congo basin or on the Guinea coast. In the
extreme north and south the climate is a warm temperate one, the northern
countries being on the whole hotter and drier than those in the southern
zone; the south of the continent being narrower than the north, the influence
of the surrounding ocean is more felt. The most important climatic
differences are due to variations in the amount of rainfall. The wide heated
plains of the Sahara, and in a lesser degree the corresponding zone of the
Kalahari in the south, have an exceedingly scanty rainfall, the winds which
blow over them from the ocean losing part of their moisture as they pass over
the outer highlands, and becoming constantly drier owing to the heating
effects of the burning soil of the interior; while the scarcity of mountain
ranges in the more central parts likewise tends to prevent condensation. In
the inter-tropical zone of summer precipitation, the rainfall is greatest
when the sun is vertical or soon after. It is therefore greatest of all near
the equator, where the sun is twice vertical, and less in the direction of
both tropics. The rainfall zones are, however, somewhat deflected from a due
west-to-east direction, the drier northern conditions extending southwards
along the east coast, and those of the south northwards along the west.
Within the equatorial zone certain areas, especially on the shores of the
Gulf of Guinea and in the upper Nile basin, have an intensified rainfall, but
this rarely approaches that of the rainiest regions of the world. The
rainiest district in all Africa is a strip of coastland west of Mount
Cameroon, where there is a mean annual rainfall of about 390 in. as compared
with a mean of 458 in. at Cherrapunji, in Assam. The two distinct rainy
seasons of the equatorial zone, where the sun is vertical at half-yearly
intervals, become gradually merged into one in the direction of the tropics,
where the sun is overhead but once. Snow falls on all the higher mountain
ranges, and on the highest the climate is thoroughly Alpine. The countries
bordering the Sahara are much exposed to a very dry wind, full of fine
particles of sand, blowing from the desert towards the sea. Known in Egypt as
the khamsin, on the Mediterranean as the sirocco, it is called on the Guinea
coast the harmattan. This wind is not invariably hot; its great dryness
causes so much evaporation that cold is not infrequently the result. Similar
dry winds blow from the Kalahari in the south. On the eastern coast the
monsoons of the Indian Ocean are regularly felt, and on the south-east
hurricanes are occasionally experienced.
While the climate of the north and south, especially the south, is eminently
healthy, and even the intensely heated Sahara is salubrious by reason of its
dryness, the tropical zone as a whole is, for European races, the most
unhealthy portion of the world. This is especially the case in the lower and
moister regions, such as the west coast, where malarial fever is very
prevalent and deadly; the most unfavourable factors being humidity with
absence of climatic variation (daily or seasonal). The higher plateaus, where
not only is the average temperature lower, but such variations are more
extensive, are more healthy; and in certain localities (e.g. Abyssinia and
parts of British East Africa) Europeans find the climate suitable for
permanent residence. On tablelands over 6500 ft. above the sea, frost is not
uncommon at night, even in places directly under the equator. The
acclimatization of white men in tropical Africa generally is dependent
largely on the successful treatment of tropical diseases. Districts which had
been notoriously deadly to Europeans were rendered comparatively healthy
after the discovery, in 1899, of the species of mosquito which propagates
malarial fever, and the measures thereafter taken for its destruction and the
filling up of swamps. The rate of mortality among the natives from tropical
diseases is also high, one of the most fatal being that known as sleeping
sickness. (The ravages of this disease, which also attacks Europeans, reached
alarming proportions between 1893 and 1907, and in the last-named year an
international conference was held in London to consider measures to combat
it.) When removed to colder regions natives of the equatorial districts
suffer greatly from chest complaints. Smallpox also makes great ravages among
the negro population.
Flora.—The vegetation of Africa follows very closely the distribution of heat
and moisture. The northern and southern temperate zones have a flora distinct
from that of the continent generally, which is tropical. In the countries
bordering the Mediterranean are groves of oranges and olive trees, evergreen
oaks, cork trees and pines, intermixed with cypresses, myrtles, arbutus and
fragrant tree-heaths. South of the Atlas range the conditions alter. The zones
of minimum rainfall have a very scanty flora, consisting of plants adapted to
resist the great dryness. Characteristic of the Sahara is the date-palm, which
flourishes where other vegetation can scarcely maintain existence, while in the
semidesert regions the acacia (whence is obtained gum-arabic) is abundant. The
more humid regions have a richer vegetation —dense forest where the rainfall is
greatest and variations of temperature least, conditions found chiefly on the
tropical coasts, and in the west African equatorial basin with its extension
towards the upper Nile; and savanna interspersed with trees on the greater part
of the plateaus, passing as the desert regions are approached into a scrub
vegetation consisting of thorny acacias, &c. Forests also occur on the
humid slopes of mountain ranges up to a certain elevation. In the coast regions
the typical tree is the mangrove, which flourishes wherever the soil is of a
swamp character. The dense forests of West Africa contain, in addition to a
great variety of dicotyledonous trees, two palms, the Elaeis guincensis
(oil-palm) and Raphia vinifera (bamboo-palm), not found, generally speaking, in
the savanna regions. The bombax or silk-cotton tree attains gigantic
proportions in the forests, which are the home of the indiarubber-producing
plants and of many valuable kinds of timber trees, such as odum (Chlorophora
excelsa), ebony, mahogany (Khaya senegalensis), African teak or oak (Oldfieldia
africana) and camwood (Baphia nitida.) The climbing plants in the tropical
forests are exceedingly luxuriant and the undergrowth or ``bush'' is extremely
dense. In the savannas the most characteristic trees are the monkey bread tree
or baobab (Adanisonia digitata), doom palm (Hyphaene) and euphorbias. The
coffee plant grows wild in such widely separated places as Liberia and southern
Abyssinia. The higher mountains have a special flora showing close agreement
over wide intervals of space, as well as affinities with the mountain flora of
the eastern Mediterranean, the Himalayas and Indo-China (cf. A. Engler, Uber
die Hochgebirgsflora des tropischen Afrika, 1892).
In the swamp regions of north-east Africa the papyrus and associated plants,
including the soft-wooded ambach, flourish in immense quantities—-and little
else is found in the way of vegetation. South Africa is largely destitute of
forest save in the lower valleys and coast regions. Tropical flora
disappears, and in the semi-desert plains the fleshy, leafless, contorted
species of kapsias, mesembryanthemums, aloes and other succulent plants make
their appearance. There are, too, valuable timber trees, such as the yellow
pine (Podocarpus elongatus), stinkwood (Ocotea), sneezewood or Cape ebony
(Pteroxylon utile) and ironwood. Extensive miniature woods of heaths are
found in almost endless variety and covered throughout the greater part of
the year with innumerable blossoms in which red is very prevalent. Of the
grasses of Africa alfa is very abundant in the plateaus of the Atlas range.
Fauna.—The fauna again shows the effect of the characteristics of the
vegetation. The open savannas are the home of large ungulates, especially
antelopes, the giraffe (peculiar to Africa), zebra, buffalo, wild ass and four
species of rhinoceros; and of carnivores, such as the lion, leopard, hyaena,
&c. The okapi (a genus restricted to Africa) is found only in the dense
forests of the Congo basin. Bears are confined to the Atlas region, wolves and
foxes to North Africa. The elephant (though its range has become restricted
through the attacks of hunters) is found both in the savannas and forest
regions, the latter being otherwise poor in large game, though the special
habitat of the chimpanzee and gorilla. Baboons and mandrills, with few
exceptions, are peculiar to Africa. The single-humped camel—as a domestic
animal—is especially characteristic of the northern deserts and steppes.
The rivers in the tropical zone abound with hippopotami and crocodiles, the
former entirely confined to Africa. The vast herds of game, formerly so
characteristic of many parts of Africa, have much diminished with the increase
of intercourse with the interior. Game reserves have, however, been established
in South Africa, British Central Africa, British East Africa, Somahland,
&c., while measures for the protection of wild animals were laid down in an
international convention signed in May 1900.
The ornithology of northern Affica presents a close resemblance to that of
southern Europe, scarcely a species being found which does not also occur in
the other countries bordering the Mediterranean. Among the birds most
characteristic of Africa are the ostrich and the secretary-bird. The ostrich
is widely dispersed, but is found chiefly in the desert and steppe regions.
The secretary-bird is common in the south. The weaver birds and their allies,
including the long-tailed whydahs, are abundant, as are, among game-birds,
the francolin and guinea-fowl. Nany of the smaller birds, such as the sun-
birds, bee-eaters, the parrots and halcyons, as well as the larger plantain-
eaters, are noted for the brilliance of their plumage. Of reptiles the lizard
and chameleon are common, and there are a number of venomous serpents, though
these are not so numerous as in other tropical countries. The scorpion is
abundant. Of insects Africa has many thousand different kinds; of these the
locust is the proverbial scourge of the continent, and the ravages of the
termites or white ants are almost incredible. The spread of malaria by means
of mosquitoes has already been mentioned. The tsetse fly, whose bite is fatal
to all domestic animals, is common in many districts of South and East
Africa. Fortunately it is found nowhere outside Africa. (E. HE.; F. R. C.)
1 With the islands, 11,498,000 sq. m.
2 Estimated.
3 See the calculations of Capt. T. T. Behrens, Geog. Journal, vol. xxix. (1907).
4 The estimate of Capt. H. G. Lyons in 1905 was 1,107,227 sq. mi.
5 including waterless tracts naturally belonging to the river-basin.
                                   II. GEOLOGY                                   
In shape and general geological structure Africa bears a close resemblance to
India. Both possess a meridional extension with a broad east and west folded
region in the north. In both a successive series of continental deposits,
ranging from the Carboniferous to the Rhaetic, rests on an older base of
crystalline rocks. In the words of Professor Suess, ``India and Africa are
true plateau countries.''
Of the primitive axes of Africa few traces remain. Both on the east and west
a broad zone of crystalline rochs extends parallel with the coast-line to
form the margin of the elevated plateau of the interior. Occasionally the
crystalline belt comes to the coast, but it is usually reached by two steps
known as the coastal belt and foot-plateau. On the flanks of the primitive
western axis certain ancient sedimentary strata are thrown into folds which
were completed before the commencement of the mesozoic period. In the south,
the later palaeozoic rocks are also thrown into acute folds by a movement
acting from the south, and which ceased towards the close of the mesozoic
period. In northern Africa the folded region of the Atlas belongs to the
comparatively recent date of the Alpine system. None of these earth movements
affected the interior, for here the continental mesozoic deposits rest,
undisturbed by folding, on the primary sedimentary and crystalline rocks. The
crystalline massif, therefore, presents a solid block which has remained
elevated since early palaeozoic times, and against which earth waves of
several geological periods have broken.
The formations older than the mesozoic are remarkably unfossiliferous, so
that the determination of their age is frequently a matter of speculation,
and in the following table the European equivalents of the pre-Karroo
formations in many regions must be regarded as subject to considerable
Rocks of Archean age cover wide areas in the interior, in West and East
Africa and across the Sahara. Along the coastal margins they underlie the
newer formations and appear in the deep valleys and kloofs wherever
denudation has laid them bare. The prevailing types are granites, gneisses
and schists. In the central regions the predominant strike of the fohae is
north and south. The rocks, for convenience classed as pre-Cambrian, occur as
several unconformable groups, chiefly developed in the south where alone
their stratigraphy has been determined. They are unfossiliferous, and in the
absence of undoubted Cambrian, Ordovician and Silurian strata in Africa they
may be regarded as of older date than any of these formations. The general
occurrence of jasper-bearing rocks is of interest, as these are always
present in the ancient pressure-altered sedimentary formations of America and
Europe. Some unfossiliferous conglomerates, sandstones and dolomites in South
Africa and on the west coast are considered to belong to the Cambrian,
Ordovician and Silurian formations, but merely from their occurrence beneath
strata yielding Devonian fossils. In Cape Colony the Silurian age of the
Table Mountain Sandstone is based on such evidence.
The Devonian and Carboniferous formations are well represented in the north
and south and in northern Angola.
Up to the close of the palaeozoic period the relative positions of the
ancient land masses and oceans remain unsolved; but the absence of marine
strata of early palaeozoic age from Central Africa points to there being land
in this direction. In late Carboniferous times Africa and India were
undoubtedly united to form a large continent, called by Suess Gondwana Land.
In each country the same succession of the rocks is met with; over both the
same specialized orders of reptiles roamed and were entombed.
The interior of the African portion of Gondwana Land was occupied by several
large lakes in which an immense thickness—amounting to over 18,000 ft. in
South Africa—-of sandstones and marls, forming the Karroo system, was laid
down. This is par excellence the African formation, and covers immense areas
in South Africa and the Congo basin, with detached portions in East Africa.
During the whole of the time—-Carboniferous to Rhaetic—that this great
accumulation of freshwater beds was taking place, the interior of the
continent must have been undergoing depression. The commencement of the
period was marked by one of the most wonderful episodes in the geological
history of Africa. Preserved in the formation known as the Dwyka
Conglomerate, are evidences that at this time the greater portion of South
Africa was undergoing extreme glaciation, while the same conditions appear to
have prevailed in India
Sedimentary.          Igneous.
Recent         Alluvium; travertine;
coral; sand dunes; continental } Some volcanic islands;
dunes. Generally distributed   }   rift-valley volcanoes.
Pleistocene.  Ancient alluviums and            }
gravels; travertine.          }
Generally distributed.        } A long-continued
Pliocene.     N. Africa; Madagascar.          }   succession in the
}   central and northern
Miocene.      N. Africa.                      }   regions and among
}   the island groups.
Oligocene.    N. Africa.                      }   Doubtfully represented
}   south of the Zambezi.
Eocene.       N. Africa, along east and        }
west coasts; Madagascar.      }
Cretaceous     Extensively developed in         } Diamond pipes of S.
N. Africa; along coast         }   Africa; Kaptian
and foot-plateaus in east      }   fissure eruptions;
and west; Madagascar.         }   Ashangi traps of
}   Abyssinia
{Jurassic     N. Africa; E. Africa;
K{                   Madagascar; Stormberg          } Chief volcanic period
a{                   period (Rhaeric) in S.        }   in S. Africa
r{                   Africa                         }
r{Trias.      Beaufort Series in S.           }
o{                   Africa; Congo basin;           }
o{                   Central Africa; Algeria;       }
{                   Tunis.                        }
{Permian.    Ecca Series in S. Africa.       } Feebly, if anywhere
} developed.
Carboniferous. N. Africa; Sabaki Shales         }
in E. Africa; Dwyka            }
and Wittebery Series in        }
South Africa                   }
Devonian.     N. Africa; Angola; Bokkeveld     } Not recorded.
Series in S. Africa            }
Silurian.    {Table Mountain Sandstone         }
{  in S. Africa, Silurian(?).    }
Ordovician.  {  Doubtfully represented         } Klipriversberg and
{  in N. Africa, French           }   and Ventersdorp Series
Cambrian      {  Congo, Angola. and by          }   of the Transvaal (?).
{  Vaal River and Waterberg       }
{  Series in S. Africa            }
Pre-Cambrian.   Quartzites, conglomerates      }
phyllites, jasper-bearing    } S. Africa and generally.
rocks and schists.          }
Generally distributed.      }
Archeaan.        Gneisses and schists of the    } Igneous complex of
continental platform.       }   sheared igneous
}   rocks;granites.
and Australia. At the close of the Karroo period there was a remarkable
manifestation of volcanic activity which again has its parallel in the Deccan
traps of India.
How far the Karroo formation extended beyond its present confines has not
been determined. To the east it reached India. In the south all that can be
said is that it extended to the south of Worcester in Cape Colony. The
Crystal Mountains of Angola may represent its western boundary; while the
absence of mesozoic strata beneath the Cretaceous rocks of the mid-Sahara
indicates that the system of Karroo lakeland had here reached its most
northerly extension. Towards the close of the Karroo period, possibly about
the middle, the southern rim of the great central depression became ridged up
to form the folded regions of the Zwaarteberg, Cedarberg and Langeberg
mountains in Cape Colony. This folded belt gives Africa its abrupt southern
termination, and may be regarded as an embryonic indication of its present
outline. The exact date of the maximum development of this folding is
unknown, but it had done its work and some 10,000 ft. of strata had been
removed before the commencement of the Cretaceous period. It appears to
approximate in time to the similar earth movement and denudation at the close
of the palaeozoic period in Europe. It was doubtless connected with the
disruption of Gondwana Land, since it is known that this great alteration of
geographical outline commenced in Jurassic times.
The breaking up of Gondwana Land is usually considered to have been caused by
a series of blocks of country being let down by faulting with the consequent
formation of the Indian Ocean. Other blocks, termed horsts, remained unmoved,
the island of Madagascar affording a striking example. In the African portion
Ruwenzori is regarded by some geologists to be a block mountain or horst.
In Jurassic times 1he sea gained access to East Africa north of Mozambique,
but does not appear to have reached far beyond the foot-plateau except in
The Cretaceous seas appear to have extended into the central Saharan regions,
for fossils of this age have been discovered in the interior. On the west
coast Cretaceous rocks extend continuously from Mogador to Cape Blanco. From
here they are absent up to the Gabun river, where they commence to form a
narrow fringe as far as the Kunene river, though often overlain by recent
deposits. They are again absent up to the Sunday river in Cape Colony, where
Lower Cretaceous rocks (for long considered to be of Oolitic age) of an
inshore character are met with. Strata of Upper Cretaceous age occur in
Pondoland and Natal, and are of exceptional interest since the fossils show
an intermingling of Pacific types with other forms having European
affinities. In Mozambique and in German East Africa, Cretaceous rocks extend
from the coast to a distance inland of over 100 m.
Except in northern Africa, the Tertiary formations only occur in a few
isolated patches on the east and west coasts. In northern Africa they are
well developed and of much interest. They contain the well-known nummulitic
limestone of Eocene age, which has been traced from Egypt across Asia to
China. The Upper Eocene rocks of Egypt have also yielded primeval types of
the Proboscidea and other mammalia. Evidences for the greater extension of
the Eocene seas than was formerly considered to be the case have been
discovered around Sokoto. During Miocene times Passarge considers that the
region of the Zambezi underwent extreme desiccation.
The effect of the Glacial epoch in Europe is shown in northern Africa by the
moraines of the higher Atlas, and the wider extension of the glaciers on
Kilimanjaro, Kenya and Ruwenzori, and by the extensive accumulations of
gravel over the Sahara.
The earliest signs of igneous activity in Africa are to be found in the
granites, intrusive into the older rocks of the Cape peninsula, into those of
the Transvaal, and into the gneisses and schists of Central Africa. The
Ventersdorp boulder beds of the Transvaal may be of early palaeozoic age; but
as a whole the palaeozoic period in Africa was remarkably free from volcanic
and igneous disturbances. The close of the Stormberg period (Rhaetic) was one
of great volcanic activity in South Africa. Whilst the later Secondary and
Tertiary formations were being laid down in North Africa and around the
margins of the rest of the continent, Africa received its last great
accumulation of strata and at the same time underwent a consecutive series of
earth-movements. The additional strata consist of the immense quantities of
volcanic material on the plateau of East Africa, the basalt flows of West
Africa and possibly those of the Zambezi basin. The exact period of the
commencement of volcanic activity is unknown. In Abyssinia the Ashangi traps
are certainly post-Oolitic. In East Africa the fissure eruptions are
considered to belong to the Cretaceous. These early eruptions were followed
by those of Kenya, Mawenzi, Elgon, Chibcharagnani, and these by the eruptions
of Kibo, Longonot, Suswa and the Kyulu Mountains. The last phase of
vulcanicity took place along the great meridional rifts of East Africa, and
though feebly manifested has not entirely passed away. In northern Africa a
continuous sequence of volcanic events has taken place from Eocene times to
latest Tertiary; but in South Africa it is doubtful if there have been any
intrusions later then Cretaceous.
During this long continuance of vulcanicity, earth-movements were in
progress. In the north the chief movements gave rise to the system of
latitudinal folding and faulting of the Moroccan and Algerian Atlas, the last
stages being represented by the formation of the Algerian and Moroccan coast-
outline and the sundering of Europe from Africa at the Straits of Gibraltar.
Whilst northern Africa was being folded, the East African plateau was broken
up by a series of longitudinal  rifts extending from Nyasaland to Egypt. The
depressed areas contain the long, narrow, precipitously walled lakes of East
Africa. The Red Sea also occupies a meridional trough.
Lastly there are the recent elevations of the northern coastal regions, the
Barbary coast and along the east coast. (W. G.*)
III. ETHNOLOGY In attempting a review of the races and tribes which inhabit
Africa, their distribution, movements and culture, it is advisable that three
points be borne in mind. The first of these is the comparative absence of
natural barriers in the interior, owing to which intercommunication between
tribes, the dissemination of culture and tribal migration have been
considerably facilitated. Hence the student must be prepared to find that, for
the most part, there are no sharp divisions to mark the extent of the various
races composing the population, but that the number of what may be termed
``transitional'' peoples is unusually large. The second point is that Africa,
with the exception of the lower Nile valley and what is known as Roman Africa
(see AFRICA, ROMAN), is, so far as its native inhabitants are concerned, a
continent practically without a history, and possessing no records from which
such a history might be reconstructed. The early movements of tribes, the
routes by which they reached their present abodes, and the origin of such forms
of culture as may be distinguished in the general mass of customs, beliefs,
&c., are largely matters of conjecture. The negro is essentially the child
of the moment; and his memory, both tribal and individual, is very short. The
third point is that many theories which have been formulated with respect to
such matters are unsatisfactory owing to the small amount of information
concerning many of the tribes in the interior.
                            The chief African races.                            
Excluding the Europeans who have found a home in various parts of Africa, and
the Asiatics, Chinese and natives of India introduced by them (see section
History below), the population of Africa consists of the following elements:
—the Bushman, the Negro, the Eastern Hamite, the Libyan and the Semite, from
the intermingling of which in various proportions a vast number of
``transitional'' tribes has arisen. The Bushmen (q.v.), a race of short
yellowish-brown nomad hunters, inhabited, in the earliest times of which there
is historic knowledge, the land adjoining the southern and eastern borders of
the Kalahari desert, into which they were gradually being forced by the
encroachment of the Hottentots and Bantu tribes. But signs of their former
presence are not wanting as far north as Lake Tanganyika, and even, it is
rumoured, still farther north. With them may be classed provisionally the
Hottentots, a pastoral people of medium stature and yellowish-brown complexion.
who in early times shared with the Bushmen the whole of what is now Cape
Colony. Though the racial affinities of the Hottentots have been disputed, the
most satisfactory view on the whole is that they represent a blend of Bushman,
Negroid and Hamitic elements. Practically the rest of Africa, from the southern
fringe of the Sahara and the upper valley of the Nile to the Cape, with the
exception of Abyssinia and Galla and Somali-lands, is peopled by Negroes and
the ``transitional'' tribes to which their admixture with Libyans on the north,
and Semites (Arabs) and Hamites on the north-east and east, has given rise. A
slight qualification of the last statement is necessary, in so far as, among
the Fula in the western Sudan, and the Ba-Hima, &c., of the Victoria
Nyanza, Libyan and Hamitic elements are respectively stronger than the Negroid.
Of the tracts excepted, Abyssinia is inhabited mainly by Semito-Hamites (though
a fairly strong negroid element can be found), and Somali and Galla-lands by
Hamites. North of the Sahara in Algeria and Morocco are the Libyans (Berbers,
q.v.), a distinctively white people, who have in certain respects (e.g.
religion) fallen under Arab influence. In the north-east the brown-skinned
Hamite and the Semite mingle in varied proportions. The Negroid peoples, which
inhabit the vast tracts of forest and savanna between the areas held by Bushmen
to the south and the Hamites, Semites and Libyans to the north, fall into two
groups divided by a line running from the Cameroon (Rio del Rey) crossing the
Ubangi river below the bend and passing between the Ituri and the Semliki
rivers, to Lake Albert and thence with a slight southerly trend to the coast.
North of this line are the Negroes proper, south are the Bantu. The division is
primarily philological. Among the true Negroes the greatest linguistic
confusion prevails; for instance, in certain parts of Nigeria it is possible to
find half-a-dozen villages within a comparatively small area speaking, not
different dialects, but different languages, a fact which adds greatly to the
difficulty of political administration. To the south of the line the condition
of affairs is entirely different; here the entire population speaks one or
another dialect of the Bantu Languages (q.v..) As said before, the division is
primarily linguistic and, especially upon the border line, does not always
correspond with the variations of physical type. At the same time it is
extremely convenient and to a certain extent justifiable on physical and
psychological grounds; and it may be said roughly that while the linguistic
uniformity of the Bantu is accompanied by great variation of physical type, the
converse is in the main true of the Negro proper, especially where least
affected by Libyan and Hamitic admixture, e.g. on the Guinea coast. The
variation of type among the Bantu is due probably to a varying admixture of
alien blood, which is more apparent as the east coast is approached. This
foreign element cannot be identified with certainty, but since the Bantu seem
to approach the Hamites in those points where they differ from the Negro
proper, and since the physical characteristics of Hamites and Semites are very
similar, it seems probable that the last two races have entered into the
composition of the Bantu, though it is highly improbable that Semitic influence
should have permeated any distance from the east coast. An extremely
interesting section of the population not hitherto mentioned is constituted by
the Pygmy tribes inhabiting the densely forested regions along the equator from
Uganda to the Gabun and living the life of nomadic hunters. The affinities of
this little people are undecided, owing to the small amount of knowledge
concerning them. The theories which connected them with the Bushmen do not seem
to be correct. It is more probable that they are to be classed among the
Negroids, with whom they appear to have intermingled to a certain extent in the
upper basin of the Ituri, and perhaps elsewhere. As far as is known they speak
no language peculiar to themselves but adopt that of the nearest agricultural
tribe. They are of a dark brown complexion, with very broad noses, lips but
slightly everted, and small but usually sturdy physique, though often
considerably emaciated owing to insufficiency of food. Another peculiar tribe,
also of short stature, are the Vaalpens of the steppe region of the north
Transvaal. Practically nothing is known of them except that they are said to be
very dark in colour and live in holes in the ground, and under rock shelters.
                          Principal ethnological zones.                          
Having indicated the chief races of which in various degrees of purity and
intermixture the population of Africa is formed, it remains to consider them in
greater detail, particularly from the cultural standpoint. This is hardly
possible without drawing attention to the main physical characters of the
continent, as far as they affect the inhabitants. For ethnological purposes
three principal zones may be distinguished; the first two are respectively a
large region of steppes and desert in the north, and a smaller region of
steppes and desert in the south. These two zones are connected by a vertical
strip of grassy highland lying mainly to the east of the chain of great lakes.
The third zone is a vast region of forest and rivers in the west centre,
comprising the greater part of the basin of the Congo and the Guinea coast. The
rainfall, which also has an important bearing upon the culture of peoples, will
be found on the whole to be greatest in the third zone and also in the eastern
highlands, and of course least in the desert, the steppes and savannas standing
midway between the two. As might be expected these variations are accompanied
by certain variations in culture. In the best-watered districts agriculture is
naturally of the greatest importance, except where the density of the forest
renders the work of clearing too arduous. The main portion therefore of the
inhabitants of the forest zone are agriculturists, save only the nomad Pygmies,
who live in the inmost recesses of the forest and support themselves by hunting
the game with which it abounds. Agriculture, too, flourishes in the eastern
highlands, and throughout the greater part of the steppe and savanna region of
the northern and southern zones, especially the latter. In fact the only Bantu
tribes who are not agriculturists are the Ova-Herero of German South-West
Africa, whose purely pastoral habits are the natural outcome of the barren
country they inhabit. But the wide open plains and slopes surrounding the
forest area are eminently suited to cattle-breeding, and there are few tribes
who do not take advantage of the fact. At the same time a natural check is
imposed upon the desire for cattle, which is so characteristic of the Bantu
peoples. This is constituted by the tsetse fly, which renders a pastoral life
absolutely impossible throughout large tracts in central and southern Africa.
In the northern zone this check is absent, and the number of more essentially
pastoral peoples, such as the eastern Hamites, Masai, Dinka, Fula, &c.,
correspondingly greater. The desert regions yield support only to nomadic
peoples, such as the Tuareg, Tibbu, Bedouins and Bushmen, though the presence
of numerous oases in the north renders the condition of life easier for the
inhabitants. Upon geographical conditions likewise depend to a large extent the
political conditions prevailing among the various tribes. Thus among the
wandering tribes of the desert and of the heart of the forests, where large
communities are impossible, a patriarchal system prevails with the family as
the unit. Where the forest is less dense and small agricultural communities
begin to make their appearance, the unit expands to the village with its
headman. Where the forest thins to the savanna and steppe, and communication is
easier, are found the larger kingdoms and ``empires'' such as, in the north
those established by the Songhai, Hausa, Fula, Bagirmi, Ba-Hima, &c., and
in the south the states of Lunda, Kazembe, the Ba-Rotse, &c.
But if ease of communication is favourable to the rise of large states and
the cultural progress that usually accompanies it, it is, nevertheless, often
fatal to the very culture which, at first, it fostered, in so far as the
absence of natural boundaries renders invasion easy. A good example of this
is furnished by the history of the western Sudan and particularly of East and
South-East Africa. From its geographical position Africa looks naturally to
the east, and it is on this side that it has been most affected by external
culture both by land (across the Sinaitic peninsula) and by sea. Though a
certain amount of Indonesian and even aboriginal Indian influence has been
traced in African ethnography, the people who have produced the most serious
ethnic disturbances (apart from modern Europeans) are the Arabs. This is
particularly the case in East Africa, where the systematic slave raids
organized by them and carried out with the assistance of various warlike
tribes reduced vast regions to a state of desolation. In the north and west
of Africa, however, the Arab has had a less destructive but more extensive
and permanent influence in spreading the Mahommedan religion throughout the
whole of the Sudan.
                       The characteristic African culture.                       
The fact that the physical geography of Africa affords fewer natural
obstacles to racial movements on the side most exposed to foreign influence,
renders it obvious that the culture most characteristically African must be
sought on the other side. It is therefore in the forests of the Congo, and
among the lagoons and estuaries of the Guinea coast, that this earlier
culture will most probably be found. That there is a culture distinctive of
this area, irrespective of the linguistic line dividing the Bantu from the
Negro proper, has now been recognized. Its main features may be summed as
follows:—-a purely agricultural life, with the plantain, yam and manioc (the
last two of American origin) as the staple food; cannibalism common;
rectangular houses with ridged roofs; scar-tattooing; clothing of bark-cloth
or palm-fibre; occasional chipping or extraction of upper incisors; bows with
strings of cane, as the, principal weapons, shields of wood or wickerwork;
religion, a primitive form of fetishism with the belief that death is due to
witchcraft; ordeals, secret societies, the use of masks and anthropomorphic
figures, and wooden gongs. With this may be contrasted the culture of the
Bantu peoples to the south and east, also agriculturists, but in addition,
where possible, great cattle-breeders, whose staple food is millet and milk.
These are distinguished by circular huts with domed or conical roofs;
clothing of skin or leather; occasional chipping or extraction of lower
incisors; spears as the principal weapons, bows, where found, with a sinew
cord, shields of hide or leather; religion, ancestor-worship with belief in
the power of the magicians as rain-makers. Though this difference in culture
may well be explained on the supposition that the first is the older and more
representative of Africa, this theory must not be pushed too far. Many of the
distinguishing characteristics of the two regions are doubtless due simply to
environment, even the difference in religion. Ancestor-worship occurs most
naturally among a people where tribal organization has reached a fairly
advanced stage, and is the natural outcome of patriotic reverence for a
successful chief and his councillors. Rain-making, too, is of little
importance in a well-watered region, but a matter of vital interest to an
agricultural people where the rainfall is slight and irregular.
Within the eastern and southern Bantu area certain cultural variations occur;
beehive huts are found among the Zulu-Xosa and Herero, giving place among the
Bechuana to the cylindrical variety with conical roof, a type which, with few
exceptions, extends north to Abyssinia. The tanged spearhead characteristic
of the south is replaced by the socketed variety towards the north.
Circumcision, characteristic of the Zulu-Xosa and Bechuana, is not practised
by many tribes farther north; tooth-mutilation, on the contrary, is absent
among the more southern tribes. The lip-plug is found in the eastern area,
especially among the Nyasa tribes, but not in the south. The head-rest common
in the south-east and the southern fringe of the forest area is not found far
north of Tanganyika until the Horn of Africa is reached.
In the regions outside the western area occupied by the Negro proper, exclusive
of the upper Nile, the similarities of culture outweigh the differences. Here
the cylindrical type of hut prevails; clothing is of skin or leather but is
very scanty; iron ornaments are worn in profusion; arrows are not feathered;
shields of hide, spears with leather sheaths are found and also fighting
bracelets. Certain small differences appear between the eastern and western
portions, the dividing line being formed by the boundary between Bornu and
Hausaland. Characteristic of the east are the harp and the throwing-club and
throwing-knife, the last of which has penetrated into the forest area. Typical
of the west are the bow and the dagger with the ring hilt. The tribes of the
upper Nile are somewhat specialized, though here, too, are found the
cylindrical hut, iron ornaments, fighting bracelets, &c., characteristic of
the Sudanese tribes. Here the removal of the lower incisors is common, and
circumcision entirely absent. Throughout the rest of the Sudan is found Semitic
culture introduced by the Arabized Libyan. Circumcision, as is usual among
Mahommedan tribes, is universal, and tooth-mutilation absent; of other
characteristics, the use of the sword has penetrated to the northern portion of
the forest area. The culture prevailing in the Horn of Africa is, naturally,
mainly Hamito-Semitic; here are found both cyhnddcal and bee-hive huts, the
sword (which has been adopted by the Masai to the south), the lyre (which has
found its way to some of the Nilotic tribes) and the head-rest. Circumcision is
practically universal.
As has been said earlier, the history of Africa reaches back but a short
distance, except, of course, as far as the lower Nile valley and Roman Africa
is concerned; elsewhere no records exist, save tribal traditions, and these
only relate to very recent events. Even archaeology, which can often sketch
the main outlines of a people's history, is here practically powerless, owing
to the insufficiency of data. It is true that stone imple. ments of
palaeolithic and neolithic types are found sporadically in the Nile valley,
Somaliland, on the Zambezi, in Cape Colony and the northern portions of the
Congo Free State, as well as in Algeria and Tunisia; but the localities are
far too few and too widely separated to warrant the inference that they are
to be in any way connected. Moreover, where stone implements are found they
are, as a rule, very near, even actually on, the surface of the earth;
nothing occurs resembling the regular stratification of Europe, and
consequently no argument based on geological grounds is possible.
The lower Nile valley, however, forms an exception; flint implements of a
palaeolithic type have been found near Thebes. not only on the surface of the
ground, which for several thousand years has been desert owing to the
contraction of the river-bed, but also in stratified gravel of an older date.
References to a number of papers bearing on the discussion to which then
discovery has given rise may be found in an article by Mr H. R. Hall in Man,
1905, No. 19. The Egyptian and also the Somali land finds appear to be true
palaeoliths in type and remarkably similar to those found in Europe. But
evidence bearing on the Stone age in Africa, if the latter existed apart from
the localities mentioned, is so slight that little can be said save that from
the available evidence the palaeoliths of the Nile valley alone can with any
degree of certainty be assigned to a remote period of antiquity, and that the
chips scattered over Mashonaland and the regions occupied within historic
times by Bushmen are the most recent; since it has been shown that the stone
flakes were used by the medieval Makalanga to engrave their hard pottery and
the Bushmen were still using stone implements in the 19th century. Other
early remains, but of equally uncertain date, are the stone circles of
Algeria, the Cross river and the Gambia. The large system of ruined forts and
``cities'' in Mashonaland, at Zimbabwe and elsewhere, concerning which so
many ingenious theories have been woven, have been proved to date from
medieval times.
                     Origin and spread of the racial stocks.                     
Thus while in Europe there is a Stone age. divided into periods according to
various types of implement disposed in geological strata, and followed in
orderly succession by the ages of Bronze and Iron, in Africa can be found no
true Stone age and practically no Bronze at all. The reason is not far to
seek; Africa is a country of iron, which is found distributed widely
throughout the continent in ores so rich that the metal can be extracted with
very little trouble and by the simplest methods. Iron has been worked from
time immemorial by the Negroid peoples, and whole tribes are found whose
chief industry is the smelting and forging of the metal. Under such
conditions, questions relating to the origin and spread of the racial stocks
which form the population of Africa cannot be answered with any certainty; at
best only a certain amount of probability can be attained.
Five of these racial stocks have been mentioned: Bushman, Negro, Hamite,
Semite, Libyan, the last three probably related through some common ancestor.
Of these the honour of being considered the most truly African belongs to the
two first. It is true that people of Negroid type are found elsewhere,
principally in Melanesia, but as yet their possible connexion with the
African Negro is little more than theoretical, and for the present purposes
it need not be considered.
The origin of the Bushman is lost in obscurity, but he may be conceived as
the original inhabitant of the southern portion of the continent. The
original home of the Negro, at first an agriculturist, is most probably to be
found in the neighbourhood of the great lakes, whence he penetrated along the
fringe of the Sahara to the west and across the eastern highlands southward.
Northerly expansion was prevented by the early occupation of the Nile valley,
the only easy route to the Mediterranean, but there seems no doubt that the
population of ancient Egypt contained a distinct Negroid element. The
question as to the ethnic affinities of the pre-dynastic Egyptians is still
unsolved; but they may be regarded as, in the main, Hamitic, though it is a
question how far it is just to apply a name which implies a definite
specialization in what may be comparatively modern times to a people of such
The Horn of Africa appears to have been the centre from which the Hamites
spread, and the pressure they seem to have applied to the Negro tribes,
themselves also in process of expansion, sent forth larger waves of emigrants
from the latter. These emigrants, already affected by the Hamitic pastoral
culture, and with a strain of Hamitic blood in their veins, passed rapidly
down the open tract in the east, doubtless exterminating their predecessors,
except such few as took refuge in the mountains and swamps. The advance-guard
of this wave of pastoral Negroids, in fact primitive Bantu, mingled with the
Bushmen and produced the Hottentots. The penetration of the forest area must
certainly have taken longer and was probably accomplished as much from the
south-east, up the Zambezi valley, as from any other quarter. It was a more
peaceful process, since natural obstacles are unfavourable to rapid movements
of large bodies of immigrants, though not so serious as to prevent the spread
of language and culture. A modern parallel to the spread of Bantu speech is
found in the rise of the Hausa language, which is gradually enlarging its
sphere of influence in the western and central Sudan. Thus those qualities,
physical and otherwise, in which the Bantu approach the Hamites gradually
fade as we proceed westward through the Congo basin, while in the east, among
the tribes to the west of Tanganyika and on the upper Zambezi,
``transitional'' forms of culture are found. In later times this gradual
pressure from the south-east became greater, and resulted, at a comparatively
recent date, in the irruption of the Fang into the Gabun.
The earlier stages of the southern movement must have been accompanied by a
similar movement westward between the Sahara and the forest; and, probably,
at the same time, or even earlier, the Libyans crossing the desert had begun
to press upon the primitive Negroes from the north. In this way were produced
the Fula, who mingled further with the Negro to give birth to the Mandingo,
Wolof and Tukulor. It would appear that either Libyan (Fula) or, less
probably, Hamitic, blood enters into the composition of the Zandeh peoples on
the Nile-Congo watershed. These Libyans or Berbers, included by G. Sergi in
his ``Mediterranean Race,'' were active on the north coast of Africa in very
early times, and had relations with the Egyptians from a prehistoric period.
For long these movements continued, always in the same direction, from north
to south and from east to west; though, of course, more rapid changes took
place in the open country, especially in the great eastern highway from north
to south, than in the forest area. Large states arose in the western Sudan;
Ghana flourished in the 7th century A.D., Melle in the 11th, Songhai in the
14th, and Bornu in the 16th.
Meanwhile in the east began the southerly movement of the Bechuana, which was
probably,spread over a considerable period. Later than they, hut proceeding
faster, came the Zulu-Xosa (``Kaffir'') peoples, who followed a line nearer
the coast and outflanked them, surrounding them on the south. Then followed a
time of great ethnical confusion in South Africa, during which tribes
flourished, split up and disappeared; but ere this the culture represented by
the ruins in Rhodesia had waxed and waned. It is uncertain who were the
builders of the forts and ``cities,'' but it is not improbable that they may
be found to have been early Bechuana. The Zulu-Xosa, Bechuana and Herero
together form a group which may conveniently be termed ``Southern Bantu.',
Finally began a movement hitherto unparalleled in the history of African
migration; certain peoples of Zulu blood began to press north, spreading
destruction in their wake. Of these the principal were the Matabele and Angoni.
The movement continued as far as the Victoria Nyanza. Here, on the border-line
of Negro, Bantu and Hamite, important changes had taken place. Certain of the
Negro tribes had retired to the swamps of the Nile, and had become somewhat
specialized, both physically and culturally (Shilluk, Dinka, Alur, Acholi,
&c.). These had blended with the Hamites to produce such races as the Masai
and kindred tribes. The old Kitwara empire, which comprised the plateau land
between the Ruwenzori range and Kavirondo, had broken up into small states,
usually governed by a Hamitic (Ba-Hima) aristocracy. The more extensive Zang
(Zenj) empire, of which. the name Zanzibar (Zanguebar) is a lasting memorial,
extending along the sea-board from Somaliland to the Zambezi, was also extinct.
The Arabs had established themselves firmly on the coast, and thence made
continual slave-raids into the interior, penetrating later to the Congo. The
Swahili, inhabiting the coast-line from the equator to about 16 deg. S., are a
somewhat heterogeneous mixture of Bantu with a tinge of Arab blood.
In the neighbourhood of Victoria Nyanza, where Hamite, Bantu, Nilotic Negro and
Pygmy are found in close contact, the ethnic relations of tribes are often
puzzling, but the Bantu not under a Hamitic domination have been divided by F.
Stuhlmann into the Older Bantu (Wanyamwezi, Wasukuma, Wasambara, Waseguha,
Wasagara, Wasaramo, &c.) and the Bantu of Later Immigration (Wakikuyu,
Wakamba, Wapokomo, Wataita, Wachaga, &c.), who are more strongly Hamitized
and in many cases have adopted Masai customs. These peoples, from the Victoria
Nyanza to the Zambezi, may conveniently be termed the ``Eastern Bantu.''
Turning to the Congo basin in the south, the great Luba and Lunda peoples are
found stretching nearly across the continent, the latter, from at any rate the
end of the 16th century until the close of the 19th century, more or less
united under a single ruler, styled Muata Yanvo. These seem to have been the
most recent immigrants from the south-east, and to exhibit certain affinities
with the Barotse on the upper Zambezi. Among the western Baluba, or Bashilange,
a remarkable politico-religious revolution took place at a comparatively recent
date, initiated by a secret society termed Bena Riamba or ``Sons of Hemp,'' and
resulted in the subordination of the old fetishism to a cult of hemp, in
accordance with which all hemp-smokers consider themselves brothers, and the
duty of mutual hospitality, &c., is acknowledged. North of these, in the
great bend of the Congo, are the Balolo, &c., the Balolo a nation of
iron-workers; and westward, on the Kasai, the Bakuba, and a large number of
tribes as yet imperfectly known. Farther west are the tribes of Angola, many of
whom were included within the old ``Congo empire,'' of which the kingdom of
Loango was an offshoot. North of the latter lies the Gabun, with a large number
of small tribes dominated by the Fang who are recent arrivals from the Congo.
Farther to the north are the Bali and other tribes of the Cameroon, among whom
many primitive Negroid elements begin to appear. Eastward are the Zandeh
peoples of the Welle district (primitive Negroids with a Hamitic or, more
probably, Libyan strain), with whom the Dor trine of Nilotes on their eastern
border show certain affinities; while to the west along the coast are the
Guinea Negroes of primitive type. Here, amidst great linguistic confusion, may
be distinguished the tribes of Yoruba speech in the Niger delta and the east
portion of the Slave Coast; those of Ewe speech, in the western portion of the
latter; and those of Ga and Tshi speech, on the Gold Coast. Among the last two
groups respectively may be mentioned the Dahomi and Ashanti. Similar tribes are
found along the coast to the Bissagos Islands, though the introduction in
Sierra Leone and Liberia of settlements of repatriated slaves from the American
plantations has in those places modified the original ethnic distribution.
Leaving the forest zone and entering the more open country there are, on the
north from the Niger to the Nile, a number of Negroids strongly tinged with
Libyan blood and professing the Mahommedan religion. Such are the Mandingo, the
Songhai, the Fula, Hausa, Kanuri, Bagirmi, Kanembu, and the peoples of Wadai
and Darfur; the few aborigines who persist, on the southern fringe of the Chad
basin, are imperfectly known.
                       Peculiar conditions in Madagascar.                       
The island of Madagascar, belonging to the African continent, still remains
for discussion. Here the ethnological conditions are people were the Hova, a
Malayo-Indonesian people who must have come from the Malay Peninsula or the
adjacent islands. The date of their immigration has been line subject of a
good deal of dispute, but it may be argued that their arrival must have taken
place in early times, since Malagasy speech, which is the language of the
island, is principally Malayo-Polynesian in origin, and contains no traces of
Sanskrit. Such traces, introduced with Hinduism, are present in all the
cultivated languages of Malaysia at the present day.The Hova occupy the
table-land of Imerina and form the first of the three main groups into which
the population of Madagascar may be divided. They are short, of an olive-
yellow complexion and have straight or faintly wavy hair. On the east coast
are the Malagasy, who in physical characteristics stand halfway between the
Hova and the Sakalava, the last occupying the remaining portion of the island
and displaying almost pure Negroid characteristics.
Though the Hova belong to a race naturally addicted to seafaring, the
contrary is the case respecting the Negroid population, and the presence of
the latter in the island has been explained by the supposition that they were
imported by the Hova. Other authorities assign less antiquity to the Hova
immigration and believe that they found the Negroid tribes already in
occupation of the island.
As might be expected, the culture found in Madagascar contains two elements,
Negroid and Malayo-Indonesian. The first of these two shows certain affinities
with the culture characteristic of the western area of Africa, such as
rectangular huts, clothing of bark and palm-fibre, fetishism, &c., but
cattle-breeding is found as well as agriculture. However, the Negroid tribes
are more and more adopting the customs and mode of life of the Hova, among whom
are found pile-houses, the sarong, yadi or tabu applied to food, a non-African
form of bellows, &c., all characteristic of their original home. The Hova,
during the 19th century, embraced Christianity, but retain, nevertheless, many
of their old animistic beliefs; their original social organization in three
classes, andriana or nobles, hova or freemen, and andevo or slaves, has been
modified by the French, who have abolished kingship and slavery. An Arab
infusion is also to be noticed, especially on the north-east and south-east
It is impossible to give a complete list of the tribes inhabiting Africa,
owing to the fact that the country is not fully explored. Even where the
names of the tribes are known their ethnic relations are still a matter of
uncertainty in many localities.
The following list, therefore, must be regarded as purely tentative, and
liable to correction in the light of fuller information:-
                           AFRICAN TRIBAL DISTRIBUTION                           
                         (North Africa, excluding Egypt)                         
Berbers, including – Kabyles, Mzab, Shawia, Tuareg
                           LIBYO-NEGROID TRANSITIONAL                           
Fula (West Sudan)
Tibbu (Central Sudan)
                         (East Sudan and Horn of Africa)                         
Beja, including – Ababda, Hadendoa, Bisharin, Beni-Amer, Hamran, Galla,
Somali, Danakil (Afar)
Ba-Hima, including — Wa-Tussi, Wa-Hha, Wa-Rundi, Wa-Ruanda
Fellahin (Egypt)
Abyssinians (with Negroid admixture)
                           HAMITO-NEGROID TRANSITIONAL                           
West Sudan       Central Sudan                 Eastern
Tukulor                  Songhai                      Fur       Kargo
Wolof                    Hausa                        Dago      Kulfan
Serer                    Bagirmi                      Kunjara   Kolaji
Leybu                    Kanembu                      Tegele    Tumali
Mandingo, including—    Kanuri                       Nuba
Kassonke          Tama
Yallonke          Maba                             Zandeh Tribes
Soninke           Birkit                        (Akin to Nilotics, but
Bambara              Massalit                       probably with Fula
Vei                  Korunga                        element)
Susu                 Kabbaga                       Azandeh (Niam Niam)
Solima                  &c.                       Makaraka
Malinke                                         Mundu
Probably also—                                        Ababwa
Mossi                                              Mege
Borgu                                              Abisanga
Tombo    }                                             Mabode{ probably
Gurma    }                                             Momfu { with Pygmy
Gurunga  }                                                   { element
Dagomba  } Probably with Mandingan element                Allied are—
Mampursi }                                            Banziri  Languassi
Gonja    }                                            Ndris    Wia-Wia
&c.     }                                            Togbo    Awaka
West African Tribes
Tribes of Tshi and Ga    Tribes of Yeruba
speech, including—-     speech, including—
Balanta                         Ashanti                      Yoruba
Bagnori                         Safwi                        Ibadan
Bagnum                          Denkera                      Ketu
Felup, including—              Bekwai                       Egba
Ayamat                      Nkoranza                     Jebu
Jola                        Adansi                       Remo
Jigush                      Assin                        Ode
Vaca                        Wassaw                       Illorin
Joat                        Ahanta                       Ijesa
Karon                       Fanti                        Ondo
Banyum                      Angona                       Mahin
Banjar                      Akwapim                      Bini
Fulum                       Akim                         Kakanda
Bayot                       Akwamu                       Wari
&c.                      Kwao                         Ibo
Bujagos                         Ga                           Efik
Biafare                                                      Andoni
Landuman              Tribes of Ewe speech,           Kwa
Nalu                        including—                  Ibibio
Baga                                                         Ekoi
Sape                         Dahomi                       Inokun
Bulam                           Eweawo                       Akunakuim
Mendi                           Agotine                      Munshi
Limba                           Krepi                        Ikwe
Gallina                         Avenor
Timni                           Awuna
Pessi                           Agbosomi
Gola                            Aflao
Kondo                           Ataklu
Bassa                           Krikor
Kru                             Geng
Grebo                           Attaldoami
Awekwom                         Aja
Agni                            Ewemi
Oshiu                           Appa
Central Negroes                           Eastern Negroes
Bolo                                               Pure Nilotics
Yako                                               Shilluk
Tangala                                            Nuer
Kali                                               Dinka
Mishi                                              Jur (Diur)
Doma                                               Mittu
Mosgu, including—                                 Jibbeh
Mandara                                        Madi
Margi                                          Lendu
Logon                                          Alur (Lur)
Gamergu                                        Acholi
Keribina                                       Abaka
Kuri                                           Golo
Nilotics with affinity
Nilotics with Affinity                            with Masai
with Zandeh tribes                            Latuka
Dor (Bongo)                                       Bari
NEGRO-BANTU                                 NILOTIC-BANTU
TRANSITIONAL                                TRANSITIONAL
Bali        Ba-Kwiri                                   Ja-Luo
Ba-Kossi    Abo
Ba-Ngwa     Dualla
Ba-Nyang    Bassa                                PYGMY TRIBES
Ngolo       Ba-Noko                              Central Arica
Ba-Fo       Ba-Puko                                    Akka
Ba-Kundu    Ba-Koko                                    Ja-Mbute
Isubu                                                  Ba-Bongo
Western             Central                   Eastern
Ogowe              Luba-Lunda Group              Lacustrians
Ashira                 Ba-Luba, including—            Ba-Nyoro
Ishogo                   Ba-Songe                      Ba-Toro
Ashango                  Wa-Rua                        Wa-Siba
Bakalai                  Wa-Guha                       Wa-Sinja
Nkomi                    Katanga                       Wa-Kerewe
Orungu                   Ba-Shilange (with             Wa-Shashi
Mpongwe                    Ba-Kete element)            Wa-Rundi
Oshekiani                                              Ba-Iro
Benga                    Ba-Lunda                      Ba-Ganda
Ininga                     Probably connected          Ba-Soga
Galao                        are—                     Ba-Kavirondo,
Apingi                   Manyema                             including—
Okanda                   Ba-Kumu                         Awaware
Osaka                    Wa-Regga                        Awarimi
Aduma                    Ba-Rotse, including—           Awakisii
Mbamba                     Ma-Mbunda                        &c.
Umbete                     Ma-Supia
Bule                       Ma-Shukulumbwe
Bane                       Ba-Tonga                     Bantu of Recent
Yaunde                       and probably                  Immigration
Maka                       Va-Lovale
Bomone                                                 Wa-Kikuyu
Kunabembe                  Tribes of the Congo     Wa-Kamba
Fang (recent immigrants          bend              Wa-Pokomo
from the Congo group)   Ba-Kessu                    Wa-Duruma
Ba-Tetela                   Wa-Digo
Ba-Songo Mino               Wa-Giriama
Ba-Kuba                     Wa-Taita
Ba-Kongo,                  Ba-Lolo                     Wa-Nyatura
including—            Ba-Kuti                     Wa-Iramba
Mushi-Kongo              Ba-Mbala                    Wa-Mbugwe
Mussorongo               Ba-Huana                    Wa-Kaguru
Kabinda                  Ba-Yaka                     Wa-Gogo  { possible
Ka-Kongo                 Ba-Pindi                    Wa-Chaga { Masai
Ba-Vili                  Ba-Kwese                             { element
Ma-Yumbe                    &c.
Ba-Lumbo                                                Older Bantu
Ba-Sundi                 Tribes of the Congo     Wa-Nyamwezi,
Ba-Bwende                        bank                 including—
Ba-Lali                  Wa-Genia                      Wa-Sukuma    }Trans-
Ba-Kunya                 Ba-Soko                       Wa-Sumbwa    }itional
Ba-Poto                       Wa-Nyanyembe }to
Mobali                        Wa-Jui       }Bantu
Mogwandi                      Wa-Kimbu     }of
Na-Ngala{ Connected           Wa-Kanongo   }recent
Ba-Bangi{ with Zandeh         Wa-Wende     }immi-
{ group                            }gration
Ba-Nunu                       Wa-Gunda
Ba-Loi                        Wa-Guru
Ba-Teke                       Wa-Galla
Wa-Pfuru                    Wa-Sambara
Wa-Mbundu                   Wa-Seguha
Wa-Mfumu                    Wa-Nguru
Ba-Nsinik                   Wa-Sagara
Ma-Wumba                    Wa-Doe
Ma-Yakalia                  Wa-Khutu
&c                       Wa-Sarmo
TRANSITIONAL                                       Wa-Bena
FROM CENTRAL                                       Wa-Sanga
TO SOUTHERN                                        Wa-Swahili (with Arab
BANTU                                               elements)
Amoela                                                   Connected are—
Ganguela                                               Wa-Kisi
Kioko                                                  Wa-Mpoto     }
Minungo                                                Ba-Tonga     }
Imbangala                                              Ba-Tumbuka   }
Ba-Achinji                                             Wa-Nyika     }
Golo                                                   Wa-Nyamwanga } Akin to
Hollo                                                  A-Mambwe     } Luba-
&c.                                               Wa-Fipa      } Lunda
Mbunda peoples,                                        Wa-Rungu     } group
including—                                        A-Wemba      }
Bihe                                              A-Chewa      }
Dembo                                                A-Maravi     }
Mbaka                                                Ba-Senga     }
Ngola                                                Ba-Bisa      }
Bondo                                                A-Jawa (Yaos)
Ba-Ngala                                             Wa-Mwera
Songo                                                Wa-Gindo
Haku                                                 Ma-Konde
Lubolo                                               Ma-Wia
Kisama                                               Ma-Nganja
&c.                                               Ma-Kua
(South and South-East Africa)
Ba-Nyai       }                             Ama-Zulu, including—
Ma-Kalanga,   } Affinity                         Ama-Swazi
including } with                             Ama-Tonga
Mashona     } Bechuana                         Matabele
Ba-Ronga      }                                  Angoni
Ba-Chuana,                                       Ma-Gwangwara
including—                                  Ma-Huhu
Ba-Tlapin                                      Ma-Viti
Ba-Rolong                                      Ma-Situ
Ba-Ratlou                                      Ma-Henge
Ba-Taung                                          &c.
Ba-Rapulana                               Ama-Xosa, including—
Ba-Seleka                                      Ama-Gcaleka
Ba-Hurutsi                                     Ama-Hahebe
Ba-Tlaru                                       Ama-Ngqika
Ba-Mangwato                                    Ama-Tembu
Ba-Tauana                                      Ama-Pondo
Ba-Ngwaketse                                       &c.
Ba-Kuena                                       Ova-Herero
&c.                                        Ova-Mpo
HAMITO-BANTU                                   BUSHMEN
Hottentots,     }
including— } S. W.
Namaqua       } Africa
Koranna       }
Hova                                        Sakalava, including—
Betsileo (slight Bantu admixture)                Menabe
HOVA-BANTU                         Ronandra
TRANSITIONAL                       Mahafali
Malagasy, including—
Bestimisaraka         Antanosi
Antambahoaka          Antsihanaka
Antaimoro             Antanala
Antaifasina           Antaisara
Antaisaka                 &c.
                                   IV. HISTORY                                   
The origin and meaning of the name of the continent are discussed elsewhere
(see AFRICA, ROMAN.) The word Africa was applied originally to the country in
the immediate neighbourhood of Carthage, that part of the continent first
known to the Romans, and it was subsequently extended with their increasing
knowledge, till it came at last to include all that they knew of the
continent. The Arabs still confine the name Ifrikia to the territory of
                       Phoenician and Greek colonization.                       
The valley of the lower Nile was the home in remotest antiquity of a
civilized race. Egyptian culture had, however,  remarkably little direct
influence on the rest of the continent, a result due in large measure to the
fact that Egypt is shut off landwards by immense deserts. If ancient Egypt
and Ethiopia (q.v.) be excluded, the story of Africa is largely a record of
the doings of its Asiatic and European conquerors and colonizers, Abyssinia
being the only state which throughout historic times has maintained its
independence. The countries bordering the Mediterranean were first exploited
by the Phoenicians, whose earliest settlements were made before 1000 B.C.
Carthage, founded about 800 B.C., speedily grew into a city without rival in
the Mediterranean, and the Phoenicians, subduing the Berber tribes, who then
as now formed the bulk of the population, became masters of all the habitable
region of North Africa west of the Great Syrtis, and found in commerce a
source of immense prosperity. Both Egyptians and Carthaginians made attempts
to reach the unknown parts of the continent by sea. Herodotus relates that an
expedition under Phoenician navigators, employed by Necho, king of Egypt, c.
600 B.C., circumnavigated Africa from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, a
voyage stated to have been accomplished in three years. Apart from the
reported circumnavigation of the continent, the west coast was well known to
the Phoenicians as far as Cape Nun, and c. 520 B.C. Hanno, a Carthaginian,
explored the coast as far, perhaps, as the Bight of Benin, certainly as far
as Sierra Leone. A vague knowledge of the Niger regions was also possessed by
the Phoenicians.
Meantime the first European colonists had planted themselves in Africa. At
the point where the continent approaches nearest the Greek islands, Greeks
founded the city of Cyrene (c. 631 B.C..) Cyrenaica became a flourishing
colony, though being hemmed in on all sides by absolute desert it had little
or no influence on inner Africa. The Greeks, however, exerted a powerful
influence in Egypt. To Alexander the Great the city of Alexandria owes its
foundation (332 B.C.), and under the Hellenistic dynasty of the Ptolemies
attempts were made to penetrate southward, and in this way was obtained some
knowledge of Abyssinia. Neither Cyrenaica nor Egypt was a serious rival to
the Carthaginians, but all three powers were eventually supplanted by the
Romans. After centuries of rivalry for supremacy1 the struggle was ended by
the fall of Carthage in 146 B.C. Within little more than a century from that
date Egypt and Cyrene had become incorporated in the Roman empire. Under Rome
the settled portions of the country were very prosperous, and a Latin strain
was introduced into the land. Though Fezzan was occupied by them, the Romans
elsewhere found the Sahara an impassable barrier. Nubia and Abyssinia were
reached, but an expedition sent by the emperor Nero to discover the source of
the Nile ended in failure. The utmost extent of geographical knowledge of the
continent is shown in the writings of Ptolemy (2nd century A.D.), who knew of
or guessed the existence of the great lake reservoirs of the Nile and had
heard of the river Niger. Still Africa for the civilized world remained
simply the countries bordering the Mediterranean. The continual struggle
between Rome and the Berber tribes; the introduction of Christianity and the
glories and sufferings of the Egyptian and African Churches; the invasion and
conquest of the African provinces by the Vandals in the 5th century; the
passing of the supreme power in the following century to the Byzantine
empire—all these events are told fully elsewhere.
In the 7th century of the Christian era occurred an event destined to have a
permanent influence on the whole continent.
                      North Africa conquered by the Arabs.                      
Invading first Egypt, an Arab host, fanatical believers in the new faith of
Mahomet, conquered the whole country from the Red Sea to the Atlantic and
carried the Crescent into Spain. Throughout North Africa Christianity well-
nigh disappeared, save in Egypt (where the Coptic Church was suffered to
exist), and Upper Nubia and Abyssinia, which were not subdued by the Moslems.
In the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries the Arabs in Africa were numerically weak;
they held the countries they had conquered by the sword only, but in the 11th
century there was a great Arab immigration, resulting in a large absorption
of Berber blood. Even before this the Berbers had very generally adopted the
speech and religion of their conquerors. Arab influence and the Mahommedan
religion thus became indelibly stamped on northern Africa. Together they
spread southward across the Sahara. They also became firmly established along
the eastern sea-board, where Arabs, Persians and Indians planted flourishing
colonies, such as Mombasa, Malindi and Sofala, playing a role, maritime and
commercial, analogous to that filled in earlier centuries by the
Carthaginians on the northern sea-board. Of these eastern cities and states
both Europe and the Arabs of North Africa were long ignorant.
The first Arab invaders had recognized the authority of the caliphs of
Bagdad, and the Aghlabite dynasty—founded by Aghlab, one of Haroun al
Raschid's generals, at the close of the 8th century—ruled as vassals of the
caliphate. However, early in the 10th century the Fatimite dynasty
established itself in Egypt, where Cairo had been founded A.D. 968, and from
there ruled as far west as the Atlantic. Later still arose other dynasties
                            Appearance of the Turks.                            
such as the Almoravides and Almohades. Eventually the Turks, who had conquered
Constantinople in 1453, and had seized Egypt in 1517, established the regencies
of Algeria, Tunisia and Tripoli (between 1519 and 1551), Morocco remaining an
independent Arabized Berber state under the Sharifan dynasty, which had its
beginnings at the end of the 13th century. Under the earlier
dynasties Arabian or Moorish culture had attained a high degree of excellence,
while the spirit of adventure and the proselytizing zeal of the followers of
Islam led to a considerable extension of the knowledge of the continent. This
was rendered more easy by their use of the camel (first introduced into Africa
by the Persian conquerors of Egypt), which enabled the Arabs to traverse the
desert. In this way Senegambia and the middle Niger regions fell under the
influence of the Arabs and Berbers, but it was not until 1591 that Timbuktu—a
city founded in the 11th century—became Moslem. That city had been reached in
1352 by the great Arab traveller Ibn Batuta, to whose journey to Mombasa and
Quiloa (Kilwa) was due the first accurate knowledge of those flourishing Moslem
cities on the east African sea-boards. Except along this sea-board, which was
colonized directly from Asia, Arab progress southward was stopped by the broad
belt of dense forest which, stretching almost across the continent somewhat
south of 10 deg. N., barred their advance as effectually as had the Sahara that
of their predecessors, and cut them off from knowledge of the Guinea coast and
of all Africa beyond. One of the regions which came latest under Arab control
was that of Nubia, where a Christian civilization and state existed up to the
14th century.
For a time the Moslem conquests in South Europe had virtually made of the
Mediterranean an Arab lake, but the expulsion in the 11th century of the
Saracens from Sicily and southern Italy by the Normans was followed by
descents of the conquerors on Tunisia and Tripoli. Somewhat later a busy
trade with the African coast-lands, and especially with Egypt, was developed
by Venice, Pisa, Genoa and other cities of North Italy. By the end of the
15th century Spain had completely thrown off the Moslem yoke, but even while
the Moors were still in Granada, Portugal was strong enough to carry the war
into Africa. In 1415 a Portuguese force captured the citadel of Ceuta on the
Moorish coast. From that time onward Portugal repeatedly
                  Spain and Portugal invade the Barbary States.                  
interfered in the affairs of Morocco, while Spain acquired many ports in Algeria
and Tunisia. Portugal, however, suffered a crushing defeat in 1578 at al Kasr
al Kebir, the Moors being led by Abd el Malek I. of the then recently
established Sharifan dynasty. By that time the Spaniards had lost almost all
their African possessions. The Barbary states, primarily from the example of
the Moors expelled from Spain, degenerated into mere communities of pirates,
and under Turkish influence civilization and commerce declined. The story of
these states from the beginning of the 16th century to the third decade of the
19th century is largely made up of piratical exploits on the one
hand and of ineffectual reprisals on the other. In Algiers, Tunis and other
cities were thousands of Christian slaves.
But with the battle of Ceuta Africa had ceased to belong solely to the
Mediterranean world. Among those who fought there was
             Discovery of the Guinea coast—Rise of the slave trade.             
one. Prince Henry ``the Navigator,'' son of King John I., who was fired with
the ambition to acquire for Portugal the unknown parts of Africa. Under his
inspiration and direction was begun that series of voyages of exploration
which resulted in the circumnavigation of Africa and the establishment of
Portuguese sovereignty over large areas of the coast-lands. Cape Bojador was
doubled in 1434, Cape Verde in 1445, and by 1480 the whole Guinea coast was
known. In 1482 Diogo Cam or Cao discovered the mouth of the Congo, the Cape
of Good Hope was doubled by Bartholomew Diaz in 1488, and in 1498 Vasco da
Gama, after having rounded the Cape, sailed up the east coast, touched at
Sofala and Malindi, and went thence to India. Over all the countries
discovered by their navigators Portugal claimed sovereign rights, but these
were not exercised in the extreme south of the continent. The Guinea coast,
as the first discovered and the nearest to Europe, was first exploited.
Numerous forts and trading stations were established, the earliest being Sao
Jorge da Mina (Elmina), begun in 1482. The chief commodities dealt in were
slaves, gold, ivory and spices. The discovery of America (1492) was followed
by a great development of the slave trade, which, before the Portuguese era,
had been an overland trade almost exclusively confined to Mahommedan Africa.
The lucrative nature of this trade and the large quantities of alluvial gold
obtained by the Portuguese drew other nations to the Guinea coast. English
mariners went thither as early as 1553, and they were followed by Spaniards,
Dutch, French, Danish and other adventurers. Much of Senegambia was made
known as a result of quests during the 16th century for the ``hills of gold''
in Bambuk and the fabled wealth of Timbuktu, but the middle Niger was not
reached. The supremacy along the coast passed in the 17th century from
Portugal to Holland and from Holland in the 18th and 19th centuries to France
and England. The whole coast from Senegal to Lagos was dotted with forts and
``factories'' of rival powers, and this international patchwork persists
though all the hinterland has become either French or British territory.
Southward from the mouth of the Congo2 to the inhospitable region of
Damaraland, the Portuguese, from 1491 onward, acquired influence over the
Bantu-Negro inhabitants, and in the early part of the 16th century through
their efforts Christianity was largely adopted in the native kingtom of
Congo. An irruption of cannibals from the interior later in the same century
broke the power of this semi-Christian state, and Portuguese activity was
transferred to a great extent farther south, Sao Paulo de Loanda being
founded in 1576. The sovereignty of Portugal over this coast region, except
for the mouth of the Congo, has been once only challenged by a European
power, and that was in 1640-1648, when the Dutch held the seaports.
Neglecting the comparatively poor and thinly inhabited regions of South
Africa, the Portuguese no sooner discovered than they coveted the flourishing
cities held by Arabized peoples between Sofala and Cape Guardafui. By 1520
all these Moslem
                  The Portuguese in East Africa and Abyssinia.                  
sultanates had been seized by Portugal, Mozambique being chosen as the chief
city of her East African possessions. Nor was Portuguese activity confined to
the coast-lands. The lower and middle Zambezi valley was explored (16th and 17
th centuries), and here the Portuguese found semi-civilized Bantu-Negro
tribes, who had been for many years in contact with the coast Arabs. Strenuous
efforts were made to obtain possession of the country (modern Rhodesia) known
to them as the kingdom or empire of Monomotapa, where gold had been worked by
the natives from about the 12th century A.D., and whence the Arabs, whom the
Portuguese dispossessed, were still obtaining supplies in the 16th century.
Several expeditions were despatched inland from 1569 onward and considerable
quantities of gold were obtained. Portugal's hold on the interior, never very
effective, weakened during the 17th century, and in the middle of the 18th
century ceased with the abandonment of the forts in the Manica district.
At the period of her greatest power Portugal exercised a strong influence in
Abyssinia also. In the ruler of Abyssinia (to whose dominions a Portuguese
traveller had penetrated before Vasco da Gama's memorable voyage) the
Portuguese imagined they had found the legendary Christian king, Prester
John, and when the complete overthrow of the native dynasty and the Christian
religion was imminent by the victories of Mahommedan invaders, the exploits
of a band of 400 Portuguese under Christopher da Gama during 1541-1543 turned
the scale in favour of Abyssinia and had thus an enduring result on the
future of North-East Africa. After da Gama's time Portuguese Jesuits resorted
to Abyssinia. While they failed in their efforts to convert the Abyssinians
to Roman Catholicism they acquired an extensive knowledge of the country.
Pedro Paez in 1615, and, ten years later, Jeronimo Lobo, both visited the
sources of the Blue Nile. In 1663 the Portuguese, who had outstayed their
welcome, were expelled from the Abyssinian dominions. At this time Portuguese
influence on the Zanzibar coast was waning before the power of the Arabs of
Muscat, and by 1730 no point on the east coast north of Cape Delgado was held
by Portugal.
It has been seen that Portugal took no steps to acquire the southern part of
the continent. To the Portuguese the Cape of
               English and Dutch at Table Bay—Cape Colony founded.               
Good Hope was simply a landmark on the road to India, and mariners of other
nations who followed in their wake used Table Bay only as a convenient spot
wherein to refit on their voyage to the East. By the beginning of the 17th
century the bay was much resorted to for this purpose, chiefly by English and
Dutch vessels. In 1620, with the object of forestalling the Dutch, two
officers of the East India Company, on their own initiative, took possession
of Table Bay in the name of King James, fearing otherwise that English ships
would be ``frustrated of watering but by license.'' Their action was not
approved in London and the proclamation they issued remained without effect.
The Netherlands profited by the apathy of the English. On the advice of
sailors who had been shipwrecked in Table Bay the Netherlands East India
Company, in 1651, sent out a fleet of three small vessels under Jan van
Riebeek which reached Table Bay on the 6th of April 1652, when,  164 years
after its discovery, the first permanent white settlement was made in South
Africa. The Portuguese, whose power in Africa was already waning, were not in
a position to interfere with the Dutch plans, and England was content to
seize the island of St Helena as her half-way house to the East3. In its
inception the settlement at the Cape was not intended to become an African
colony, but was regarded as the most westerly outpost of the Dutch East
Indies. Nevertheless, despite the paucity of ports and the absence of
navigable rivers, the Dutch colonists, freed from any apprehension of
European trouble by the friendship between Great Britain and Holland, and
leavened by Huguenot blood, gradually spread northward, stamping their
language, law and religion indelibly upon South Africa. This process,
however, was exceedingly slow.
During the 18th century there is little to record in the history of Africa.
The nations of Europe, engaged in the later half of the
                    Waning and revival of interest in Africa.                    
century in almost constant warfare, and struggling for supremacy in America
and the East, to a large extent lost their interest in the continent. Only on
the west coast was there keen rivalry, and here the motive was securance of
trade rather than territorial acquisitions. In this century the slave trade
reached its highest development, the trade in gold, ivory, gum and spices
being small in comparison. In the interior of the continent—Portugal's energy
being expended—no interest was shown, the nations with establishments on the
coast ``taking no further notice of the inhabitants or their land than to
obtain at the easiest rate what they procure with as little trouble as
possible, or to carry them off for slaves to their plantations in America''
(Encyclopaedia Britannica, 3rd ed., 1797). Even the scanty knowledge acquired
by the ancients and the Arabs was in the main forgotten or disbelieved. It
was the period when — Geographers, in Afric maps, With savage pictures filled
their gaps, And o'er unhabitable downs Placed elephants for want of towns.
                    (Poetry, a Rhapsody. By Jonathan Swift.)                    
The prevailing ignorance may be gauged by the statement in the third edition
of the Encyclopaedia Britannica that ``the Gambia and Senegal rivers are only
branches of the Niger.'' But the closing years of the 18th century, which
witnessed the partial awakening of the public conscience of Europe to the
iniquities of the slave trade, were also notable for the revival of interest
in inner Africa. A society, the African Association,4 was formed in London in
1788 for the exploration of the interior of the continent. The era of great
discoveries had begun a little earlier in the famous journey (1770-1772) of
James Bruce through Abyssinia and Sennar, during which he determined the
course of the Blue Nile. But it was through the agents of the African
Association that knowledge was gained of the Niger regions. The Niger itself
was first reached by Mungo Park, who travelled by way of the Gambia, in 1795.
Park, on a second journey in 1805, passed Timbuktu and descended the Niger to
Bussa, where he lost his life, having just failed to solve the question as to
where the river reached the ocean. (This problem was ultimately solved by
Richard Lander and his brother in 1830.) The first scientific explorer of
South-East Africa, Dr Francisco de Lacerda, a Portuguese, also lost his life
in that country. Lacerda travelled up the Zambezi to Tete, going thence
towards Lake Mweru, near which he died in 1798. The first recorded crossing
of Africa was accomplished between the years 1802 and 1811 by two half-caste
Portuguese traders, Pedro Baptista and A. Jose, who passed from Angola
eastward to the Zambezi.
Although the Napoleonic wars distracted the attention of Europe from
exploratory work in Africa, those wars nevertheless
             Effects of the Napoleonic wars—Britain seizes the Cape.             
exercised great influence on the future of the continent, both in Egypt and
South Africa. The occupation of Egypt (1798-1803) first by France and then by
Great Britain resulted in an effort by Turkey to regain direct control over
that country,5 followed in 1811 by the establishment under Mehemet Ali of an
almost independent state, and the extension of Egyptian rule over the eastern
Sudan (from 1820 onward). In South Africa the struggle with Napoleon caused
Great Britain to take possession of the Dutch settlements at the Cape, and in
1814 Cape Colony, which had been continuously occupied by British troops
since 1806, was formally ceded to the British crown.
The close of the European conflicts with the battle of Waterloo was followed
by vigorous efforts on the part of the British government to become better
acquainted with Africa, and to substitute colonization and legitimate trade
for the slave traffic, declared illegal for British subjects in 1807 and
abolished by all other European powers by 1836. To West Africa Britain
devoted much attention. The slave trade abolitionists had already, in 1788,
formed a settlement at Sierra Leone, on the Guinea coast, for freed slaves,
and from this establishment grew the colony of Sierra Leone, long notorious,
by reason of its deadly climate, as ``The White Man's Grave.''6 Farther east
the establishments on the Gold Coast began to take a part in the politics of
the interior, and the first British mission to Kumasi, despatched in 1817,
led to the assumption of a protectorate over the maritime tribes heretofore
governed by the Ashanti.
An expedition sent in 1816 to explore the Congo from its mouth did not
succeed in getting beyond the rapids which bar the way to the interior, but
in the central Sudan much better results were obtained. In 1823 three English
travellers, Walter Oudney, Dixon Denham and Hugh Clapperton, reached Lake
Chad from Tripoli—the first white men to reach that lake. The partial
exploration of Bornu and the Hausa states by Clapperton, which followed,
revealed the existence of large and flourishing cities and a semi-civilized
people in a region hitherto unknown. The discovery in 1830 of the mouth of
the Niger by Clapperton's servant Lander, already mentioned, had been
preceded by the journeys of Major A.G. Laing (1826) and Rene Caillie (1827)
to Timbuktu, and was followed (1832-1833) by the partial ascent of the Benue
affluent of the Niger by Macgregor Laird. In 1841 a disastrous attempt was
made to plant a white colony on the lower Niger, an expedition (largely
philanthropic and antislavery in its inception) which ended in utter failure.
Nevertheless from that time British traders remained on the lower Niger,
their continued presence leading ultimately to the acquisition of political
rights over the delta and the Hausa states by Great Britain.7 Another
endeavour by the British government to open up commercial relations with the
Niger countries resulted in the addition of a vast amount of information
concerning the countries between Timbuktu and Lake Chad, owing to the labours
of Heinrich Barth (1850-1855), originally a subordinate, but the only
surviving member of the expedition sent out.
Meantime considerable changes had been made in other parts of the continent,
the most notable being—the occupation of Algiers by France in 1830, an end
being thereby put to the piratical proceedings of the Barbary states; the
continued expansion southward of Egyptian authority with the consequent
additions to the knowledge of the Nile; and the establishment of independent
states ((Orange Free State and the Transvaal) by Dutch farmers (Boers)
dissatisfied with British rule in Cape Colony. Natal, so named by Vasco da
Gama, had been made a British colony (1843), the attempt of the Boers to
acquire it being frustrated. The city of Zanzibar, on the island of that
name, founded in 1832 by Seyyid Said of Muscat, rapidly attained importance,
and Arabs began to penetrate to the great lakes of East Africa,8 concerning
which little more was known (and less believed) than in the time of Ptolemy.
Accounts of a vast inland sea, and the discovery in 1848-1840, by the
missionaries Ludwig Krapf and J.Rebmann, of the snow-clad mountains of
Kilimanjaro and Kenya, stimulated in Europe the desire for further knowledge.
At this period, the middle of the 19th century, Protestant missions were
carrying on active propaganda on the Guinea
                           The era of great explorers.                           
coast, in South Africa and in the Zanzibar dominions. Their work, largely
beneficent, was being conducted in regions and among peoples little known,
and in many instances missionaries turned explorers and became pioneers of
trade and empire. One of the first to attempt to fill up the remaining blank
spaces in the map was David Livings tone, who had been engaged since 1840 in
missionary work north of the Orange. In 1849 Livingstone crossed the Kalahari
Desert from south to north and reached Lake Ngami, and between 1851 and 1856
he traversed the continent from west to east, making known the great
waterways of the upper Zambezi. During these journeyings Livingstone
discovered, November 1855, the famous Victoria Falls, so named after the
queen of England. In 1858-1864 the lower Zambezi, the Shire and Lake Nyasa
were explored by Livingstone, Nyasa having been first reached by the
confidential slave of Antonio da Silva Porto, a Portuguese trader established
at Bihe in Angola, who crossed Africa during 1853-1856 from Benguella to the
mouth of the Rovuma. While Livingstone circumnavigated Nyasa, the more
northerly lake, Tanganyika, had been visited (1858) by Richard Burton and J.
H. Speke, and the last named had sighted Victoria Nyanza. Returning to East
Africa with J. A. Grant, Speke reached, in 1862, the river which flowed from
Victoria Nyanza, and following it (in the main) down to Egypt, had the
distinction of being the first man to read the riddle of the Nile. In 1864
another Nile explorer, Samuel Baker, discovered the Albert Nyanza, the chief
western reservoir of the river. In 1866 Livingstone began his last great
journey, in which he made known Lakes Mweru and Bangweulu and discovered the
Lualaba (the upper part of the Congo), but died (1873) before he had been
able to demonstrate its ultimate course, believing indeed that the Lualaba
belonged to the Nile system. Livingstone's lonely death in the heart of
Africa evoked a keener desire than ever to complete the work he left undone.
H. M. Stanley, who had in 1871 succeeded in finding and succouring
Livingstone, started again for Zanzibar in 1874, and in the most memorable of
all exploring expeditions in Africa circumnavigated Victoria Nyanza and
Tanganyika, and, striking farther inland to the Lualaba, followed that river
down to the Atlantic Ocean—reached in August 1877—and proved it to be the
Congo. Stanley had been preceded, in 1874, at Nyangwe, Livingstone's farthest
point on the Lualaba, by Lovett Cameron, who was, however, unable farther to
explore its course, making his way to the west coast by a route south of the
While the great mystery of Central Africa was being solved explorers were
also active in other parts of the continent. Southern Morocco, the Sahara and
the Sudan were traversed in many directions between 1860 and 1875 by Gerhard
Rohlfs, Georg Schweinfurth and Gustav Nachtigal. These travellers not only
added considerably to geographical knowledge, but obtained invaluable
information concerning the people, languages and natural history of the
countries in which they sojourned.9 Among the discoveries of Schweinfurth was
one that confirmed the Greek legends of the existence beyond Egypt of a pygmy
race. But the first discoverer of the dwarf races of Central Africa was Paul
du Chaillu, who found them in the Ogowe district of the west coast in 1865,
five years before Schweinfurth's first meeting with the Pygmies; du Chaillu
having previously, as the result of journeys in the Gabun country between
1855 and 1859, made popular in Europe the knowledge of the existence of the
gorilla, perhaps the gigantic ape seen by Hanno the Carthaginian, and whose
existence, up to the middle of the 19th century, was thought to be as
legendary as that of the Pygmies of Aristotle.
In South Africa the filling up of the map also proceeded apace. The finding,
in 1869, of rich diamond fields in the valley of the Vaal river, near its
confluence with the Orange, caused a rush of emigrants to that district, and
led to conflicts between the Dutch and British authorities and the extension
of British authority northward. In 1871 the ruins of the great Zimbabwe in
Mashonaland, the chief fortress and distributing centre of the race which in
medieval times worked the goldfields of South-East Africa, were explored by
Karl Mauch. In the following year F. C. Selous began his journeys over South
Central Africa, which continued for more than twenty years and extended over
every part of Mashonaland and Matabeleland. (F. R. C.)
                       V. PARTITION AMONG EUROPEAN POWERS                       
In the last quarter of the 19th century the map of Africa was transformed.
After the discovery of the Congo the story of exploration takes second place;
the continent becomes the theatre of European expansion. Lines of partition,
drawn often through trackless wildernesses, marked out the possessions of
Germany, France, Great Britain and other powers. Railways penetrated the
interior, vast areas were opened up to civilized occupation, and from ancient
Egypt to the Zambezi the continent was startled into new life.
Before 1875 the only powers with any considerable interest in Africa were
Britain, Portugal and France. Between 1815 and 1850, as has been shown above,
the British government devoted much energy, not always informed by knowledge,
to western and southern Africa. In both directions Great Britain had met with
much discouragement; on the west coast, disease, death, decaying trade and
useless conflicts with savage foes had been the normal experience; in the
south recalcitrant Boers and hostile Kaffirs caused almost endless trouble.
The visions once entertained of vigorous negro communities at once civilized
and Christian faded away; to the hot fit of philanthropy succeeded the cold
fit of indifference and a disinclination to bear the burden of empire. The
low-water mark of British interest in South Africa was reached in 1854 when
independence was forced on the Orange River Boers, while in 1865 the mind of
the nation was fairly reflected by the unanimous resolution of a
representative House of Commons committee:10 ``that all further extension of
territory or assumption of government, or new treaty offering any protection
to native tribes, would be inexpedient.'' For nearly twenty years the spirit
of that resolution paralysed British action in Africa, although many
circumstances—the absence of any serious European rival, the inevitable
border disputes with uncivilized races, and the activity of missionary and
trader—conspired to make British influence dominant in large areas of the
continent over which the government exercised no definite authority. The
freedom with which blood and treasure were spent to enforce respect for the
British flag or to succour British subjects in distress, as in the Abyssinian
campaign of 1867-68 and the Ashanti war of 1873, tended further to enhance
the reputation of Great Britain among African races, while, as an inevitable
result of the possession of India, British officials exercised considerable
power at the court of Zanzibar, which indeed owed its separate existence to a
decision of Lord Canning, the governor-general of India, in 1861 recognizing
the division of the Arabian and African dominions of the imam of Muscat.
It has been said that Great Britain was without serious rival. On the Gold
Coast she had bought the Danish forts in 1850 and acquired the Dutch, 1871-
1872, in exchange for establishments in Sumatra. But Portugal still held,
both in the east and west of Africa, considerable stretches of the tropical
coast-lands, and it was in 1875 that she obtained, as a result of the
arbitration of Marshal MacMahon, possession of the whole of Delagoa Bay, to
the southern part of which England also laid claim by virtue of a treaty of
cession concluded with native chiefs in 1823. The only other European power
which at the period under consideration had considerable possessions in
Africa was France. Besides Algeria, France had settlements on the Senegal,
where in 1854 the appointment of General Faidherbe as governor marked the
beginning of a policy of expansion; she had also various posts on the upper
Guinea coast, had taken the estuary of the Gabun as a station for her navy,
and had acquired (1862) Obok at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.
In North Africa the Turks had (in 1835) assumed direct control of Tripoli,
while Morocco had fallen into a state of decay though retaining its
independence. The most remarkable change was in Egypt, where the Khedive
Ismail had introduced a somewhat fantastic imitation of European
civilization. In addition Ismail had conquered Darfur, annexed Harrar and the
Somali ports on the Gulf of Aden, was extending his power southward to the
equatorial lakes, and even contemplated reaching the Indian Ocean. The Suez
Canal, opened in 1869, had a great influence on the future of Africa, as it
again made Egypt the highway to the East, to the detriment of the Cape route.
Any estimate of the area of African territory held by European nations in
1875 is necessarily but approximate, and varies chiefly
                     The division of the continent in 1875.                     
as the compiler of statistics rejects or accepts the vague claims of Portugal
to sovereignty over the hinterland of her coast possessions. At that period
other European nations—with the occasional exception of Great Britain—were
indifferent to Portugal's pretensions, and her estimate of her African empire
as covering over 700,000 sq. m. was not challenged.11 But the area under
effective control of Portugal at that time did not exceed 40,000 sq. m. Great
Britain then held some 250,000 sq. m., France about 170,000 sq. m. and Spain
1000 sq.m. The area of the independent Dutch republics (the Transvaal and
Orange Free State) was some 150,000 sq. m., so that the total area of Africa
ruled by Europeans did not exceed 1,271,000 sq. m.; roughly one-tenth of the
continent. This estimate, as it admits the full extent of Portuguese claims
and does not include Madagascar, in reality considerably overstates the case.
Egypt and the Egyptian Sudan, Tunisia and Tripoli were subject in differing
ways to the overlordship of the sultan of Turkey, and with these may be
ranked, in the scale of organized governments, the three principal
independent states, Morocco, Abyssinia and Zanzibar, as also the negro
republic of Liberia. There remained, apart from the Sahara, roughly one half
of Africa, lying mostly within the tropics, inhabited by a multitude of
tribes and peoples living under various forms of government and subject to
frequent changes in respect of political organization. In this region were
the negro states of Ashanti, Dahomey and Benin on the west coast, the
Mahommedan sultanates of the central Sudan, and a number of negro kingdoms in
the east central and south central regions. Of these Uganda on the north-west
shores of Victoria Nyanza, Cazembe and Muata Hianvo (or Yanvo) may be
mentioned. The two last-named kingdoms occupied respectively the south-
eastern and south-western parts of the Congo basin. In all this vast region
the Negro and Negro-Bantu races predominated, for the most part untouched by
Mahommedanism or Christian influences. They lacked political cohesion, and
possessed neither the means nor the inclination to extend their influence
beyond their own borders. The exploitation of Africa continued to be entirely
the work of alien races.
The causes which led to the partition of Africa may now be considered. They
are to be found in the economic and political
                         Causes which led to partition.                         
state of western Europe at the time. Germany, strong and united as the result
of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, was seeking new outlets for her energies
—new markets for her growing industries, and with the markets, colonies. Yet
the idea of colonial expansion was of slow growth in Germany, and when Prince
Bismarck at length acted Africa was the only field left to exploit, South
America being protected from interference by the known determination of the
United States to enforce the Monroe Doctrine, while Great Britain, France,
the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain already held most of the other regions of
the world where colonization was possible. For different reasons the war of
1870 was also the starting-point for France in the building up of a new
colonial empire. In her endeavour to regain the position lost in that war
France had to look beyond Europe. To the two causes mentioned must be added
others. Great Britain and Portugal, when they found their interests
threatened, bestirred themselves, while Italy also conceived it necessary to
become an African power. Great Britain awoke to the need for action too late
to secure predominance in all the regions where formerly hers was the only
European influence. She had to contend not only with the economic forces
which urged her rivals to action, but had also to combat the jealous
opposition of almost every European nation to the further growth of British
power. Italy alone acted throughout in cordial co-operation with Great
It was not, however, the action of any of the great powers of Europe which
precipitated the struggle. This was brought about by the ambitious projects
of Leopold II, king of the Belgians. The discoveries of Livingstone, Stanley
and others had aroused especial interest among two classes of men in western
Europe, one the manufacturing and trading class, which saw in Central Africa
possibilities of commercial development, the other the philanthropic and
missionary class, which beheld in the newly discovered lands millions of
savages to Christianize and civilize. The possibility of utilizing both these
classes in the creation of a vast state, of which he should be the chief,
formed itself in the mind of Leopold II. even before Stanley had navigated
the Congo. The king's action was immediate; it proved successful; but no
sooner was the nature of his project understood in Europe than it provoked
the rivalry of France and Germany, and thus the international struggle was
                  Conflicting ambitions of the European powers.                  
At this point it is expedient, in the light of subsequent events, to set
forth the designs then entertained by the European powers that participated
in the struggle for Africa. Portugal was striving to retain as large a share
as possible of her shadowy empire, and particularly to establish her claims
to the Zambezi region, so as to secure a belt of territory across Africa from
Mozambique to Angola. Great Britain, once aroused to the imminence of danger,
put forth vigorous efforts in East Africa and on the Niger, but her most
ambitious dream was the establishment of an unbroken line of British
possessions and spheres of influence from south to north of the continent,
from Cape Colony to Egypt. Germany's ambition can be easily described. It was
to secure as much as possible, so as to make up for lost opportunities. Italy
coveted Tripoli, but that province could not be seized without risking war.
For the rest Italy's territorial ambitions were confined to North-East
Africa, where she hoped to acquire a dominating, influence over Abyssinia.
French ambitions, apart from Madagascar, were confined to the northern and
central portions of the continent. To extend her possessions on the
Mediterranean littoral, and to connect them with her colonies in West Africa,
the western Sudan, and on the Congo, by establishing her influence over the
vast intermediate regions, was France's first ambition. But the defeat of the
Italians in Abyssinia and the impending downfall of the khalifa's power in
the valley of the upper Nile suggested a still more daring project to the
French government—none other than the establishment of French influence over
a broad belt of territory stretching across the continent from west to east,
from Senegal on the Atlantic coast to the Gulf of Aden. The fact that France
possessed a small part of the Red Sea coast gave point to this design. But
these conflicting ambitions could not all be realized and Germany succeeded
in preventing Great Britain obtaining a continuous band of British territory
from south to north,while Great Britain, by excluding France from the upper
Nile valley, dispelled the French dream of an empire from west to east. King
Leopold's ambitions have already been indicated. The part of the continent to
which from the first he directed his energies was the equatorial region. In
September 1876 he took what may be described as the first definite step in
the modern partition of the continent. He summoned to a conference at
Brussels representatives of Great Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria-
Hungary, Italy and Russia, to deliberate on the best methods to be adopted
for the exploration and civilization of Africa, and the opening up of the
interior of the continent to commerce and industry. The conference was
entirely unofficial. The delegates who attended neither represented nor
pledged their respective governments. Their deliberations lasted three days
and resulted in the foundation of ``The International African Association,''
with its headquarters at Brussels. It was further resolved to establish
national committees in the various countries represented, which should
collect funds and appoint delegates to the International Association. The
central idea appears to have been to put the exploration and development of
Africa upon an international footing. But it quickly became apparent that
this was an unattainable ideal. The national committees were soon working
independently of the International Association, and the Association itself
passed through a succession of stages until it became purely Belgian in
character, and at last developed into the Congo Free State, under the
personal sovereignty of King Leopold. At first the Association devoted itself
to sending expeditions to the great central lakes from the east coast; but
failure, more or less complete attended its efforts in this direction, and it
was not until the return of Stanley, in January 1878, from his great journey
down the Congo, that its ruling spirit, King Leopold, definitely turned his
thoughts towards the Congo. In June of that year, Stanley visited the king at
Brussels, and in the following November a private conference was held, and a
committee was appointed for the investigation of the upper Congo.
Stanley's remarkable discovery had stirred ambition in other capitals than
Brussels. France had always taken a keen interest
                           The struggle for the Congo.                           
in West Africa, and in the years 1875 to 1878 Savorgnan de Brazza had carried
out a successful exploration of the Ogowe river to the south of the Gabun. De
Brazza determined that the Ogowe did not offer that great waterway into the
interior of which he was in search, and he returned to Europe without having
heard of the discoveries of Stanley farther south. Naturally, however,
Stanley's discoveries were keenly followed in France. In Portugal, too, the
discovery of the Congo, with its magnificent unbroken waterway of more than a
thousand miles into the heart of the continent served to revive the languid
energies of the Portuguese, who promptly began to furbish up claims whose age
was in inverse ratio to their validity. Claims, annexations and occupations
were in the air, and when in January 1879 Stanley left Europe as the
accredited agent of King Leopold and the Congo committee, the strictest
secrecy was observed as to his real aims and intentions. The expedition was,
it was alleged, proceeding up the Congo to assist the Belgian expedition
which had entered from the east coast, and Stanley himself went first to
Zanzibar. But in August 1879 Stanley found himself again at Banana Point, at
the mouth of the Congo, with, as he himself has written, ``the novel mission
of sowing along its banks civilized settlements to peacefully conquer and
subdue it, to remould it in harmony with modern ideas into national states,
within whose limits the European merchant shall go hand in hand with the dark
African trader, and justice and law and order shall prevail, and murder and
lawlessness and the cruel barter of slaves shall be overcome.'' The irony of
human aspirations was never perhaps more plainly demonstrated than in the
contrast between the ideal thus set before themselves by those who employed
Stanley, and the actual results of their intervention in Africa. Stanley
founded his first station at Vivi, between the mouth of the Congo and the
rapids that obstruct its course where it breaks over the western edge of the
central continental plateau. Above the rapids he established a station on
Stanley Pool and named it Leopoldville, founding other stations on the main
stream in the direction of the falls that bear his name.
Meanwhile de Brazza was far from idle. He had returned to Africa at the
beginning of 1880, and while the agents of King Leopold were making treaties
and founding stations along the southern bank of the river, de Brazza and
other French agents were equally busy on the northern bank. De Brazza was
sent out to Africa by the French committee of the International African
Association, which provided him with the funds for the expedition. His avowed
object was to explore the region between the Gabun and Lake Chad. But his
real object was to anticipate Stanley on the Congo. The international
character of the association founded by King Leopold was never more than a
polite fiction, and the rivalry between the French and the Belgians on the
Congo was soon open, if not avowed. In October 1880 de Brazza made a solemn
treaty with a chief on the north bank of the Congo, who claimed that his
authority extended over a large area, including territory on the southern
bank of the river. As soon as this chief had accepted French protection, de
Brazza crossed over to the south of the river, and founded a station close to
the present site of Leopoldville. The discovery by Stanley of the French
station annoyed King Leopold's agent, and he promptly challenged the rights
of the chief who purported to have placed the country under French
protection, and himself founded a Belgian station close to the site selected
by de Brazza. In the result, the French station was withdrawn to the northern
side of Stanley Pool, where it is now known as Brazzaville.
The activity of French and Belgian agents on the Congo had not passed
unnoticed in Lisbon, and the Portuguese government saw that no time was to be
lost if the claims it had never ceased to put forward on the west coast were
not to go by default. At varying periods during the 19th century Portugal had
put forward claims to the whole of the West African coast, between 5 deg. 12'
and 8 deg. south. North of the Congo mouth she claimed the territories of
Kabinda and Molemba, alleging that they had been in her possession since
1484. Great Britain had never, however, admitted this claim, and south of the
Congo had declined to recognize Portuguese possessions as extending north of
Ambriz. In 1856 orders were given to British cruisers to prevent by force any
attempt to extend Portuguese dominion north of that place. But the Portuguese
had been persistent in urging their claims, and in 1882 negotiations were
again opened with the British government for recognition of Portuguese rights
over both banks of the Congo on the coast, and for some distance inland. Into
the details of the negotiations, which were conducted for Great Britain by
the 2nd Earl Granville, who was then secretary for foreign affairs, it is
unnecessary to enter; they resulted in the signing on the 26th of February
1884 of a treaty, by which Great Britain recognized the sovereignty of the
king of Portugal ``over that part of the west coast of Africa, situated
between 8 deg. and 5 deg. 12' south latitude,'' and inland as far as Noki, on
the south bank of the Congo, below Vivi. The navigation of the Congo was to
be controlled by an Anglo-Portuguese commission. The publication of this
treaty evoked immediate protests, not only on the continent but in Great
Britain. In face of the disapproval aroused by the treaty, Lord Granville
found himself unable to ratify it. The protests had not been confined to
France and the king of the Belgians. Germany had not yet acquired formal
footing in Africa, but she was crouching for the spring prior to taking her
part in the scramble, and Prince Bismarck had expressed, in vigorous
language, the objections entertained by Germany to the Anglo-Portuguese
For some time before 1884 there had been growing up a general conviction that
it would be desirable for the powers who were interesting themselves in
Africa to come to some agreement as to ``the rules of the game,'' and to
define their respective interests so far as that was practicable. Lord
Granville's ill-fated treaty brought this sentiment to a head, and it was
agreed to hold an international conference on African affairs. But before
discussing the Berlin conference of 1884-1885, it will be well to see what
was the position, on the eve of the conference, in other parts of the African
continent. In the southern section of Africa, south of the Zambezi, important
events had been happening. In 1876 Great Britain had concluded an agreement
                 British influence consolidated in South Africa.                 
with the Orange Free State for an adjustment of frontiers, the result of
which was to leave the Kimberley diamond fields in British territory, in
exchange for a payment of L. 90,000 to the Orange Free State. On the 12th of
April 1877 Sir Theophilus Shepstone had issued a proclamation declaring the
Transvaal— the South African Republic, as it was officially designated—to be
British territory (see TRANSVAAL.) In December 1880 war broke out and lasted
until March 1881, when a treaty of peace was signed. This treaty of peace was
followed by a convention, signed in August of the same year, under which
complete self-government was guaranteed to the inhabitants of the Transvaal,
subject to the suzerainty of Great Britain, upon certain terms and conditions
and subject to certain reservations and limitations. No sooner was the
convention signed than it became the object of the Boers to obtain a
modification of the conditions and limitations imposed, and in February 1884
a fresh convention was signed, amending the convention of 1881. Article IV.
of the new convention provided that ``The South African Republic will
conclude no treaty or engagement with any state or nation other than the
Orange Free State, nor with any native tribe to the eastward or westward of
the Republic, until the same has been approved by Her Majesty the Queen.''
The precise effect of the two conventions has been the occasion for
interminable discussions, but as the subject is now one of merely academic
interest, it is sufficient to say that when the Berlin conference held its
first meeting in 1884 the Transvaal was practically independent, so far as
its internal administration was concerned, while its foreign relations were
subject to the control just quoted.
But although the Transvaal had thus, between the years 1875 and 1884, become
and ceased to be British territory, British influence in other parts of
Africa south of the Zambezi had been steadily extended. To the west of the
Orange Free State, Griqualand West was annexed to the Cape in 1880, while to
the east the territories beyond the Kei river were included in Cape Colony
between 1877 and 1884, so that in the  latter year, with the exception of
Pondoland, the whole of South-East Africa was in one form or another under
British control. North of Natal, Zululand was not actually annexed until
1887, although since 1879, when the military power of the Zulus was broken
up, British influence had been admittedly supreme. In December 1884 St Lucia
Bay—upon which Germany was casting covetous eyes—had been taken possession of
in virtue of its cession to Great Britain by the Zulu king in 1843, and three
years later an agreement of non-cession to foreign powers made by Great
Britain with the regent and paramount chief of Tongaland completed the chain
of British possessions on the coast of South Africa, from the mouth of the
Orange river on the west to Kosi Bay and the Portuguese frontier on the east.
In the interior of South Africa the year 1884 witnessed the beginning of that
final stage of the British advance towards the north which was to extend
British influence from the Cape to the southern shores of Lake Tanganyika.
The activity of the Germans on the west, and of the Boer republic on the
east, had brought home to both the imperial and colonial authorities the
impossibility of relying on vague traditional claims. In May 1884 treaties
were made with native chiefs by which the whole of the country north of Cape
Colony, west of the Transvaal, south of 22 deg. S. and east of 20 deg. E.,
was placed under British protection, though a protectorate was not formally
declared until the following January.
Meanwhile some very interesting events had been taking place or: the west
coast, north of the Orange river and south of the Portuguese province of
Mossamaede. It must be sufficient here to touch very briefly on the events
that preceded the foundation of the colony of German South-West Africa. For
many years before 1884 German missionaries had settled among the Damaras
(Herero) and Namaquas, often combining small trading operations with their
missionary work. From time to time trouble arose between the missionaries and
the native chiefs, and appeals
                            Germany enters the field.                            
were made to the German government for protection. The German government in
its turn begged the British government to say whether it assumed
responsibility for the protection of Europeans in Damaraland and Namaqualand.
The position of the British government was intelligible, if not very
intelligent. It did not desire to see any other European power in these
countries, and it did not want to assume the responsibility and incur the
expense of protecting the few Europeans settled there. Sir Bartle Frere, when
governor of the Cape (1877-1880), had foreseen that this attitude portended
trouble, and had urged that the whole of the unoccupied coastline, up to the
Portuguese frontier, should be declared under British protection. But he
preached to deaf ears, and it was as something of a concession to him that in
March 1878 the British flag was hoisted at Walfish Bay, and a small part of
the adjacent land declared to be British. The fact appears to be that British
statesmen failed to understand the change that had come over Germany. They
believed that Prince Bismarck would never give his sanction to the creation
of a colonial empire, and, to the German inquiries as to what rights Great
Britain claimed in Damaraland and Namaqualand, procrastinating replies were
sent. Meanwhile the various colonial societies established in Germany had
effected a revolution in public opinion, and, more important still, they had
convinced the great chancellor. Accordingly when, in November 1882, F. A. E.
Luderitz, a Bremen merchant, informed the German government of his intention
to establish a factory on the coast between the Orange river and the Little
Fish river, and asked if he might rely on the protection of his government in
case of need, he met with no discouragement from Prince Bismarck. In February
1883 the German ambassador in London informed Lord Granville of Luderitz's
design, and asked ``whether Her Majesty's government exercise any authority
in that locality.'' It was intimated that if Her Majesty's government did
not, the German government would extend to Luderitz's factory ``the same
measure of protection which they give to their subjects in remote parts of
the world, but without having the least design to establish any footing in
South Africa.'' An inconclusive reply was sent, and on the 9th of April
Luderitz's agent landed at Angra Pequena, and after a short delay concluded a
treaty with the local chief, by which some 215 square miles around Angra
Pequena were ceded to Luderitz. In England and at the Cape irritation at the
news was mingled with incredulity, and it was fully anticipated that Luderitz
would be disavowed by his government. But for this belief it can scarcely be
doubted that the rest of the unoccupied coast-line would have been promptly
declared under British protection. Still Prince Bismarck was slow to act. In
November the German ambassador again inquired if Great Britain made any claim
over this coast, and Lord Granville replied that Her Majesty exercised
sovereignty only over certain parts of the coast, as at Walfish Bay, and
suggested that arrangements might be made by which Germany might assist in
the settlement of Angra Pequena. By this time Luderitz had extended his
acquisitions southwards to the Orange river, which had been declared by the
British government to be the northern frontier of Cape Colony. Both at the
Cape and in England it was now realized that Germany had broken away from her
former purely continental policy, and, when too late, the Cape parliament
showed great eagerness to acquire the territory which had lain so long at its
very doors, to be had for the taking. It is not necessary to follow the
course-of the subsequent negotiations. On the 15th of August 1884 an official
note was addressed by the German consul at Capetown to the high commissioner,
intimating that the German emperor had by proclamation taken ``the territory
belonging to Mr A. Luderitz on the west coast of Africa under the direct
protection of His Majesty.'' This proclamation covered the coast-line from
the north bank of the Orange river to 26 deg. S. latitude, and 20
geographical miles inland, including ``the islands belonging thereto by the
law of nations.'' On the 8th of September 1884 the German government
intimated to Her Majesty's government ``that the west coast of Africa from 26
deg. S. latitude to Cape Frio, excepting Walfish Bay, had been placed under
the protection of the German emperor.'' Thus, before the end of the year
1884, the foundations of Germany's colonial empire had been laid in South-
West Africa.
In April of that year Prince Bismarck intimated to the British government,
through the German charge d'affaires in London,
                       Nachtigal's mission to West Africa.                       
that ``the imperial consul-general, Dr Nachtigal, has been commissioned by my
government to visit the west coast of Africa in the course of the next few
months, in order to complete the information now in the possession of the
Foreign Office at Berlin, on the state of German commerce on that coast. With
this object Dr Nachtigal will shortly embark at Lisbon, on board the gunboat
`Mowe.' He will put himself into communication with the authorities in the
British possessions on the said coast, and is authorized to conduct, on
behalf of the imperial government, negotiations connected with certain
questions. I venture,'' the official communication proceeds, ``in accordance
with my instructions, to beg your excellency to be so good as to cause the
authorities in the British possessions in West Africa to be furnished with
suitable recommendations.'' Although at the date of this communication it
must have been apparent, from what was happening in South Africa, that
Germany was prepared to enter on a policy of colonial expansion, and although
the wording of the letter was studiously vague, it does not seem to have
occurred to the British government that the real object of Gustav Nachtigal's
journey was to make other annexations on the west coast. Yet such was indeed
his mission. German traders and missionaries had been particularly active of
late years on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. German factories were dotted
all along the coast in districts under British protection, under French
protection and under the definite protection of no European power at all. It
was to these latter places that Nachtigal turned his attention. The net
result of his operations was that on the 5th of July 1884 a treaty was signed
with the king of Togo, placing his country under German protection, and that
just one week later a German protectorate was proclaimed over the Cameroon
district. Before either of these events had occurred Great Britain had become
alive to the fact that she could no longer dally with the subject, if she
desired to consolidate her possessions in West Africa. The British government
had again and again refused to accord native chiefs the protection they
demanded. The Cameroon chiefs had several times asked for British protection,
and always in vain. But at last it became apparent, even to the official
mind, that rapid changes were being effected in Africa, and on the 16th of
May Edward Hyde Hewett, British consul, received instructions to return to
the west coast and to make arrangements for extending British protection over
certain regions. He arrived too late to save either Togoland or Cameroon, in
the latter case arriving five days after King Bell and the other chiefs on
the river had signed treaties with Nachtigal. But the British consul was in
time to secure the delta of the river Niger and the Oil Rivers District,
extending from Rio del Rey to the Lagos frontier, where for a long period
British traders had held almost a monopoly of the trade.
Meanwhile France, too, had been busy treaty-making. While the British
government still remained under the spell of the
                   French and British rivalry in West Africa.                   
fatal resolution of 1865, the French government was strenuously endeavouring
to extend France's influence in West Africa, in the countries lying behind
the coastline. During the year 1884 no fewer than forty-two treaties were
concluded with native chiefs, an even larger number having been concluded in
the previous twelve months. In this fashion France was pushing on towards
Timbuktu, in steady pursuance of the policy which resulted in surrounding all
the old British possessions in West Africa with a continuous band of French
territory. There was, however, one region on the west coast where,
notwithstanding the lethargy of the British government, British interests
were being vigorously pushed, protected and consolidated. This was on the
lower Niger, and the leading spirit in the enterprise was Mr Goldie Taubman
(afterwards Sir George Taubman Goldie). In 1877 Sir George Goldie visited the
Niger and conceived the idea of establishing a settled government in that
region. Through his efforts the various trading firms on the lower Niger
formed themselves in 1879 into the ``United African Company,'' and the
foundations were laid of something like settled administration. An
application was made to the British government for a charter in 1881, and the
capital of the company increased to a million sterling. Henceforth the
company was known as the ``National African Company,'' and it was
acknowledged that its object was not only to develop the trade of the lower
Niger, but to extend its operations to the middle reaches of the river, and
to open up direct relations with the great Fula empire of Sokoto and the
smaller states associated with Sokoto under a somewhat loosely defined
suzerainty. The great development of trade which followed the combination of
British interests carried out under Goldie's skilful guidance did not pass
unnoticed in France, and, encouraged by Gambetta, French traders made a bold
bid for a position on the river. Two French companies, with ample capital,
were formed, and various stations were established on the lower Niger. Goldie
realized at once the seriousness of the situation, and lost no time in
declaring commercial war on the newcomers. His bold tactics were entirely
successful, and a few days before the meeting of the Berlin conference he had
the satisfaction of announcing that he had bought out the whole of the French
interests on the river, and that Great Britain alone possessed any interests
on the lower Niger.
To complete the survey of the political situation in Africa at the time the
plenipotentiaries met at Berlin, it is necessary to
                       The position in Tunisia and Egypt.                       
refer briefly to the course of events in North and East Africa since 1875. In
1881 a French army entered Tunisia, and compelled the bey to sign a treaty
placing that country under French protection. The sultan of Turkey formally
protested against this invasion of Ottoman rights, but the great powers took
no action, and France was left in undisturbed possession of her newly
acquired territory. In Egypt the extravagance of Ismail Pasha had led to the
establishment in 1879, in the interests of European bondholders, of a Dual
Control exercised by France and Great Britain. France had, however, in 1882
refused to take part in the suppression of a revolt under Arabi Pasha, which
England accomplished unaided. As a consequence the Dual Control had been
abolished in January 1883, since when Great Britain, with an army quartered
in the country, had assumed a predominant position in Egyptian affairs (see
EGYPT.) In East Africa, north of  the Portuguese possessions, where the
sultan of Zanzibar was the most considerable native potentate, Germany was
secretly preparing the foundations of her present colony of German East
Africa. But no overt act had warned Europe of what was impending. The story
of the foundation of German East Africa is one of the romances of the
continent. Early in 1884 the Society for German Colonization was founded,
with the avowed object of furthering the newly awakened colonial aspirations
of the German people.12 It was a society inspired and controlled by young
men, and on the 4th of November 1884, eleven days before the conference
assembled at Berlin, three young Germans arrived as deck passengers at
Zanzibar. They were disguised as mechanics, but were in fact Dr Karl Peters,
the president of the Colonization Society, Joachim Count Pfeil, and Dr
Juhlke, and their stock-in-trade consisted of a number of German flags and a
supply of blank treaty forms. They proposed to land on the mainland opposite
Zanzibar, and
                     The German flag raised in East Africa.                     
to conclude treaties in the back country with native chiefs placing their
territories under German protection. The enterprise was frowned upon by the
German government; but, encouraged by German residents at Zanzibar, the three
young pioneers crossed to the mainland, and on the 19th of November, while
the diplomatists assembled at Berlin were solemnly discussing the rules which
were to govern the game of partition, the first ``treaty'' was signed at
Mbuzini, and the German flag raised for the first time in East Africa.
Italy had also obtained a footing on the African continent before the meeting
of the Berlin conference. The Rubattino Steamship Company as far back as 1870
had bought the port of Assab as a coaling station, but it was not until 1882
that it was declared an Italian colony. This was followed by the conclusion
of a treaty with the sultan of Assab, chief of the Danakil, signed on the
15th of March 1883, and subsequently approved by the king of Shoa, whereby
Italy obtained the cession of part of Ablis (Aussa) on the Red Sea, Italy
undertaking to protect with her fleet the Danakil littoral.
One other event must be recorded as happening before the meeting of the
Berlin conference. The king of the Belgians had
                  Recognition of the International Association.                  
been driven to the conclusion that, if his African enterprise was to obtain
any measure of permanent success, its international status must be
recognized. To this end negotiations were opened with various governments.
The first government to ``recognize the flag of the International Association
of the Congo as the flag of a friendly government'' was that of the United
States, its declaration to that effect bearing date the 22nd of April 1884.
There were, however, difficulties in the way of obtaining the recognition of
the European powers, and in order to obtain that of France, King Leopold, on
the 23rd of April 1884, while labouring under the feelings of annoyance which
had been aroused by the Anglo-Portuguese treaty concluded by Lord Granville
in February, authorized Colonel Strauch, president of the International
Association, to engage to give France ``the right of preference if, through
unforeseen circumstances, the Association were compelled to sell its
possessions.'' France's formal recognition of the Association as a government
was, however, delayed by the discussion of boundary questions until the
following February, and in the meantime Germany, Great Britain, Italy,
Austria-Hungary, Holland and Spain had all recognized the Association; though
Germany alone had done so—on the 8th of November—before the assembling of the
The conference assembled at Berlin on the 15th of November 1884, and after
protracted deliberations the ``General Act of
                        The Berlin Conference of 1884-85.                        
the Berlin Conference'' was signed by the representatives of all the powers
attending the conference, on the 26th of February 1885. The powers
represented were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, the
United States, France, Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Russia,
Sweden and Norway, and Turkey, to name them in the alphabetical order adopted
in the preamble to the French text of the General Act. Ratifications were
deposited by all the signatory powers with the exception of the United
States. It is unnecessary to examine in detail the results of the labours of
the conference. The General Act dealt with six specific subjects: (1) freedom
of trade in the basin of the Congo, (2) the slave trade, (3) neutrality of
territories in the basin of the Congo, (4) navigation of the Congo, (5)
navigation of the Niger, (6) rules for future occupation on the coasts of the
African continent. It will be seen that the act dealt with other matters than
the political partition of Africa; but, so far as they concern the present
purpose, the results effected by the Berlin Act may be summed up as follows.
The signatory powers undertook that any fresh act of taking possession on any
portion of the African coast must be notified by the power taking possession,
or assuming a protectorate, to the other signatory powers. It was further
provided that any such occupation to be valid must be effective. It is also
noteworthy that the first reference in an international act to the
obligations attaching to ``spheres of influence'' is contained in the Berlin
It will be remembered that when the conference assembled, the International
Association of the Congo had only been
                        Constitution of the Congo State.                        
recognized as a sovereign state by the United States and Germany. But King
Leopold and his agents had taken full advantage of the opportunity which the
conference afforded, and before the General Act was signed the Association
had been recognized by all the signatory powers, with the not very important
exception of Turkey, and the fact communicated to the conference by Colonel
Strauch. It was not, however, until two months later, in April 1885, that
King Leopold, with the sanction of the Belgian legislature, formally assumed
the headship of the new state; and on the 1st of August in the same year His
Majesty notified the powers that from that date the ``Independent State of
the Congo'' declared that ``it shall be perpetually neutral'' in conformity
with the provisions of the Berlin Act. Thus was finally constituted the Congo
Free State, under the sovereignty of King Leopold, though the boundaries
claimed for it at that time were considerably modified by subsequent
From 1885 the scramble among the powers went on with renewed vigour, and in
the fifteen years that remained of the
                          The chief partition treaties.                          
century the work of partition, so far as international agreements were
concerned, was practically completed. To attempt to follow the process of
acquisition year by year would involve a constant shifting of attention from
one part of the continent to another, inasmuch as the scramble was proceeding
simultaneously all over Africa. It will therefore be the most convenient plan
to deal with the continent in sections. Before doing so, however, the
international agreements which determined in the main the limits of the
possessions of the various powers may be set forth. They are:— I. The
agreement of the 1st of July 1890 between Great Britain and Germany defining
their spheres of influence in East, West and South-West Africa. This
agreement was the most comprehensive of all the ``deals'' in African
territory, and included in return for the recognition of a British
protectorate over Zanzibar the cession of Heligoland to Germany.
II.    The Anglo-French declaration of the 5th of August 1890, which
recognized a French protectorate over Madagascar, French influence in the
Sahara, and British influence between the Niger and Lake Chad.
III.  The Anglo-Portuguese treaty of the 11th of June 1891, whereby the
Portuguese possessions on the west and east coasts were separated by a broad
belt of British territory, extending north to Lake Tanganyika.
IV.  The Franco-German convention of the 15th of March 1894, by which the
Central Sudan was left to France (this region by an Anglo-German agreement of
the 15th of November 1893 having been recognized as in the German sphere). By
this convention France was able to effect a territorial )unction of her
possessions in North and West Africa with those in the Congo region.
V.    Protocols of the 24th of March and the 15th of April 1891, for the
demarcation of the Anglo-Italian spheres in East Africa.
VI.  The Anglo-French convention of the 14th of June 1898, for the
delimitation of the possessions of the two countries west of Lake Chad, with
the supplementary declaration of the 21st of March 1899 whereby France
recognized the upper Nile valley as in the British sphere of influence.
Coming now to a more detailed consideration of the operations of the powers,
the growth of the Congo Free State, which
                         The growth of the Congo State.                         
occupied, geographically, a central position, may serve as the starting-point
for the story of the partition after the Berlin conference. In the
notification to the powers of the 1st of August 1885, the boundaries of the
Free State were set out in considerable detail. The limits thus determined
resulted partly from agreements made with France, Germany and Portugal, and
partly from treaties with native chiefs. The state acquired the north bank of
the Congo from its mouth to a point in the unnavigable reaches, and in the
interior the major part of the Congo basin. In the north-east the northern
limit was 4 deg. N. up to 30 deg. E., which formed the eastern boundary of,
the state. The south-eastern frontier claimed by King Leopold extended to
Lakes Tanganyika, Mweru and Bangweulu, but it was not until some years later
that it was recognized and defined by the agreement of May 1894 with Great
Britain. The international character of King Leopold's enterprise had not
long been maintained, and his recognition as sovereign of the Free State
confirmed the distinctive character which the Association had assumed, even
before that event.
In April 1887 France was informed that the right of pre-emption accorded to
her in 1884 had not been intended by King Leopold to prejudice Belgium's
right to acquire the Congo State, and in reply the French minister at
Brussels took note of the explanation, ``in so far as this interpretation is
not contrary to pre-existing international engagements.'' By his will, dated
the 2nd of August 1889, King Leopold made Belgium formally heir to the
sovereign rights of the Congo Free State. In 1895 an annexation bill was
introduced into the Belgian parliament, but at that time Belgium had no
desire to assume responsibility for the Congo State, and the bill was
withdrawn. In 1901, by the terms of a loan granted in 1890, Belgium had again
an opportunity of annexing the Congo State, but a bill in favour of
annexation was opposed by the government and was withdrawn after King Leopold
had declared that the time was not ripe for the transfer. Concessionaire
companies and a Domaine de la Couronne had been created in the state, from
which the sovereign derived considerable revenues—facts which helped to
explain the altered attitude of Leopold II. The agitation in Great Britain
and America against the Congo system of government, and the admissions of an
official commission of inquiry concerning its maladministration,
strengthened, however, the movement in favour of transfer. Nevertheless in
June 1906 the king again declared himself opposed to immediate annexation.
But under pressure of public opinion the Congo government concluded, 28th of
November 1907, a new annexation treaty. As it stipulated for the continued
existence of the crown domain the treaty provoked vehement opposition.
Leopold II. was forced to yield, and an additional act was signed, 5th of
March 1908, providing for the suppression of the domain in return for
financial subsidies. The treaty, as amended, was approved by the Belgian
parliament in the session of 1908. Thus the Congo state, after an existence
of 24 years as an independent power, became a Belgian colony. (See CONGO FREE
The area of the Free State, vast as it was, did not suffice to satisfy the
ambition of its sovereign. King Leopold maintained that the Free State
enjoyed equally with any other state the right to extend its frontiers. His
ambition involved the state in the struggle between Great Britain and France
for the upper Nile. To understand the situation it is necessary to remember
the condition of the Egyptian Sudan at that time. The mahdi, Mahommed Ahmed,
had preached a holy war against the Egyptians, and, after the capture of
Khartum and the death of General C. G. Gordon, the Sudan was abandoned to the
dervishes. The Egyptian frontier was withdrawn to Wadi Haifa, and the vast
provinces of Kordofan, Darfur and the Bahr-el-Ghazal were given over to
dervish tyranny and misrule. It was obvious that Egypt would sooner or later
seek to recover her position in the Sudan, as the command of the upper Nile
was recognized as essential to her continued prosperity. But the
international position of the abandoned provinces was by no means clear. The
British government, by the Anglo-German agreement of July 1890, had secured
the assent of Germany to the statement that the British sphere of influence
in East Africa was bounded on the west by the Congo Free State and by ``the
western watershed of the basin of the upper Nile''; but this claim was not
recognized either by France or by the Congo Free State. From her base on the
Congo, France was busily engaged pushing forward along the northern
tributaries of the great river. On the 27th of April 1887 an agreement was
signed with the Congo Free State by which the right bank of the Ubangi river
was secured to French influence, and the left bank to the Congo Free State.
The desire of France to secure a footing in the upper Nile valley was partly
due, as has been seen, to her anxiety to extend a French zone across Africa,
but it was also and to a large
                         The contest for the upper Nile.                         
extent attributable to the belief, widely entertained in France, that by
establishing herself on the upper Nile France could regain the position in
Egyptian affairs which she had sacrificed in 1882. With these strong
inducements France set steadily to work to consolidate her position on the
tributary streams of the upper Congo basin, preparatory to crossing into the
valley of the upper Nile. Meanwhile a similar advance was being made from the
Congo Free State northwards and eastwards. King Leopold had two objects in
view—-to obtain control of the rich province of the Bahr-el-Ghazal and to
secure an outlet on the Nile. Stations were established on the Welle river,
and in February 1891 Captain van Kerckhoven left Leopoldville for the upper
Welle with the most powerful expedition which had, up to that time, been
organized by the Free State. After some heavy fighting the expedition reached
the Nile in September 1892, and opened up communications with the remains of
the old Egyptian garrison at Wadelai. Other expeditions under Belgian
officers penetrated into the Bahr-el-Ghazal, and it was apparent that King
Leopold proposed to rely on effective occupation as an answer to any claims
which might be advanced by either Great Britain or France. The news of what
was happening in this remote region Of Africa filtered through to Europe very
slowly, but King Leopold was warned on several occasions that Great Britain
would not recognize any claims by the Congo Free State on the Bahr-el-Ghazal.
The difficulty was, however, that neither from Egypt, whence the road was
barred by the khalifa (the successor of the mahdi), nor from Uganda, which
was far too remote from the coast to serve as the base of a large expedition,
could a British force be despatched to take effective occupation of the upper
Nile valley. There was, therefore, danger lest the French should succeed in
establishing themselves on the upper Nile before the preparations which were
being made in Egypt for ``smashing'' the khalifa were completed.
In these circumstances Lord Rosebery, who was then British foreign minister,
began, and his successor, the 1st earl of
                     The Anglo-Congolese agreement of 1894.                     
Kimberley, completed, negotiations with King Leopold which resulted in the
conclusion of the Anglo-Congolese agreement of 12th May 1894. By this
agreement King Leopold recognized the British sphere of influence as laid
down in the Anglo-German agreement of July 1890, and Great Britain granted a
lease to King Leopold of certain territories in the western basin of the
upper Nile, extending on the Nile from a point on Lake Albert to Fashoda, and
westwards to the Congo-Nile watershed. The practical effect of this agreement
was to give the Congo Free State a lease, during its sovereign's lifetime, of
the old Bahr-el-Ghazal province, and to secure after His Majesty's death as
much of that territory as lay west of the 30th meridian, together with access
to a port on Lake Albert, to his successor. At the same time the Congo Free
State leased to Great Britain a strip of territory, 15 1/2 m. in breadth,
between the north end of Lake Tanganyika and the south end of Lake Albert
Edward. This agreement was hailed as a notable triumph for British diplomacy.
But the triumph was short-lived. By the agreement of July 1890 with Germany,
Great Britain had been reluctantly compelled to abandon her hopes of through
communication between the British spheres in the northern and southern parts
of the continent, and to Consent to the boundary of German East Africa
marching with the eastern frontier of the Congo Free State. Germany frankly
avowed that she did not wish to have a powerful neighbour interposed between
herself and the Congo Free State. It was obvious that the new agreement would
effect precisely what Germany had declined to agree to in 1890. Accordingly
Germany protested in such vigorous terms that, on the 22nd of June 1894, the
offending article was withdrawn by an exchange of notes between Great Britain
and the Congo Free State. Opinion in France was equally excited by the new
agreement. It was obvious that the lease to the Congo Free State was intended
to exclude France from the Nile by placing the Congo Free State as a barrier
across her path. Pressure was brought to bear on King Leopold, from Paris, to
renounce the rights acquired under the agreement, and on the 14th of August
1894 King Leopold signed an agreement with France by which, in exchange for
France's acknowledgment of the Mbomu river as his northern frontier, His
Majesty renounced all occupation and all exercise of political influence west
of 30 deg. E., and north of a line drawn from that meridian to the Nile along
5 deg. 30' N.
This left the way still open for France to the Nile, and in June 1896 Captain
J. Marchand left France with secret instructions to lead an expedition into
the Nile valley. On the 1st of March in the following year he left
Brazzaville, and began a journey which all but plunged Great Britain and
France into war. The difficulties which Captain Marchand had to overcome were
mainly those connected with transport. In October 1897 the expedition reached
the banks of the Sue, the waters of which eventually flow into the Nile. Here
a post was established and the ``Faidherbe,'' a steamer which had been
carried across the Congo-Nile watershed in sections, was put together and
launched. On the 1st of May 1898 Marchand started on the final stage of his
journey, and reached Fashoda on the 10th of July, having established a chain
of posts en route. At Fashoda the French flag was at once raised, and a
``treaty'' made with the local chief. Meanwhile other expeditions had been
concentrating on
                             The French at Fashoda.                             
Fashoda—a mud-flat situated in a swamp, round which for many months raged the
angry passions of two great peoples. French expeditions, with a certain amount
of assistance from the emperor Menelek of Abyssinia, had been striving to reach
the Nile from the east, so as to join hands with Marchand and complete the line
of posts into the Abyssinian frontier. In this, however, they were
unsuccessful. No better success attended the expedition under Colonel
(afterwards Sir) Ronald Macdonald, R.E., sent by the British government from
Uganda to anticipate the French in the occupation of the upper Nile. It was
from the north that claimants arrived to dispute with the French their right to
Fashoda, and all that the occupation of that dismal post implied. In 1896 an
Anglo-Egyptian army, under the direction of Sir Herbert (afterwards Lord)
Kitchener, had begun to advance southwards for the reconquest of the Egyptian
Sudan. On the 2nd of September 1898 Khartum was captured, and the khalifa's
army dispersed. It was then that news reached the Anglo-Egyptian commander,
from native sources, that there were white men flying a strange flag at
Fashoda. The sirdar at once proceeded in a steamer up the Nile, and courteously
but firmly requested Captain Marchand to remove the French flag. On his refusal
the Egyptian flag was raised close to the French flag, and the dispute was
referred to Europe for adjustment between the British and French governments. A
critical situation ensued. Neither government was inclined to give way, and for
a time war seemed imminent. Happily Lord Salisbury was able to announce, on the
4th of November, that France was willing to recognize the British claims, and
the incident was finally closed on the 21st of March 1899, when an Anglo-French
declaration was signed, by the terms of which France withdrew from the Nile
valley and accepted a boundary line which satisfied her earlier ambition by
uniting the whole of her territories in North, West and Central Africa into a
homogeneous whole, while effectually preventing the realization of her dream of
a transcontinental empire from west to east. By this declaration it was agreed
that the dividing line between the British and French spheres, north of the
Congo Free State, should follow the Congo-Nile water-parting up to its
intersection with the 11th parallel of north latitude, from which point it was
to be ``drawn as far as the 15th parallel in such a manner as to separate in
principle the kingdom of Wadai from what constituted in 1882 the province of
Darfur,'' but in no case was it to be drawn west of the 21st degree of east
longitude, or east of the 23rd degree. From the 15th parallel the
line was continued north and north-west to the intersection of the Tropic of
Cancer with 16 deg. E. French influence was to prevail west of this line,
British influence to the east. Wadai was thus definitely assigned to France.
When, by the declaration of the 21st of March 1899, France renounced all
territorial ambitions in the upper Nile basin, King
                           Fate of the Bar-el-Ghazal.                           
Leopold revived his claims to the Bahr-el-Ghazal province under the terms of
the lease granted by Article 2 of the Anglo-Congolese agreement of 1894. This
step he was encouraged to take by the assertion of Lord Salisbury, in his
capacity as secretary of state for foreign affairs during the negotiations
with France concerning Fashoda, that the lease to King Leopold was still in
full force. But the assertion was made simply as a declaration of British
right to dispose of the territory, and the sovereign of the Congo State found
that there was no disposition in Great Britain to allow the Bahr-el-Ghazal to
fall into his hands. Long and fruitless negotiations ensued. The king at
length (1904) sought to force a settlement by sending armed forces into the
province. Diplomatic representations having failed to secure the withdrawal
of these forces, the Sudan government issued a proclamation which had the
effect of cutting off the Congo stations from communication with the Nile,
and finally King Leopold consented to an agreement, signed in London on the
9th of May 1906, whereby the 1894 lease was formally annulled. The Bahr-el-
Ghazal thenceforth became undisputedly an integral part of the Anglo-Egyptian
Sudan. King Leopold had, however, by virtue of the 1894 agreement
administered the comparatively small portion of the leased area in which his
presence was not resented by France. This territory, including part of the
west bank of the Nile and known as the Lado Enclave, the 1906 agreement
allowed King Leopold to ``continue during his reign to occupy.'' Provision
was made that within six months of the termination of His Majesty's reign the
enclave should be handed over to the Sudan government (see CONGO FREE STATE.)
In this manner ended the long struggle for supremacy on the upper Nile, Great
Britain securing the withdrawal of all European rivals.
The course of events in the southern half of the continent may now be traced.
By the convention of the 14th of February
                        Portugal's trans-African schemes.                        
1885, in which Portugal recognized the sovereignty of the Congo Free State,
and by a further convention concluded with France in 1886, Portugal secured
recognition of her claim to the territory known as the Kabinda enclave, lying
north of the Congo, but not to the northern bank of the river. By the same
convention of 1885 Portugal's claim to the southern bank of the river as far
as Noki (the limit of navigation from the sea) had been admitted. Thus
Portuguese possessions on the west coast extended from the Congo to the mouth
of the Kunene river. In the interior the boundary with the Free State was
settled as far as the Kwango river, but disputes arose as to the right to the
country of Lunda, otherwise known as the territory of the Muato Yanvo. On the
25th of May 1891 a treaty was signed at Lisbon, by which this large territory
was divided between Portugal and the Free State. The interior limits of the
Portuguese possessions in Africa south of the equator gave rise, however, to
much more serious discussions than were involved in the dispute as to the
Muato Yanvo's kingdom. Portugal, as has been stated, claimed all the
territories between Angola and Mozambique, and she succeeded in inducing both
France and Germany, in 1886, to recognize the king of Portugal's ``right to
exercise his sovereign and civilizing influence in the territories which
separate the Portuguese possessions or Angola and Mozambique.'' The
publication of the treaties containing this declaration, together with a map
showing Portuguese claims extending over the whole of the Zambezi valley, and
over Matabeleland to the south and the greater part of Lake Nyasa to the
north, immediately provoked a formal protest from the British government. On
the 13th of August 1887 the British charge d'affaires at Lisbon transmitted
to the Portuguese minister for foreign affairs a memorandum from Lord
Salisbury, in which the latter formally protested ``against any claims not
founded on occupation,'' and contended that the doctrine of effective
occupation had been admitted in principle by all the parties to the Act of
Berlin. Lord Salisbury further stated that ``Her Majesty's government cannot
recognize Portuguese sovereignty in territory not occupied by her in
sufficient  strength to enable her to maintain order, protect foreigners and
control the natives.'' To this Portugal replied that the doctrine of
effective occupation was expressly confined by the Berlin Act to the African
coast, but at the same time expeditions were hastily despatched up the
Zambezi and some of its tributaries to discover traces of former Portuguese
occupation. Matabeleland and the districts of Lake Nyasa werespecially
mentioned in the British protest as countries in which Her Majesty's
government took a special interest. As a matter of fact the extension of
British influence northwards to the Zambezi had engaged the attention of the
British authorities ever since the appearance of Germany in South-West Africa
and the declaration of a British protectorate over Bechuanaland. There were
rumours of German activity in Matabeleland, and
                       Rhodesia secured for Great Britain.                       
of a Boer trek north of the Limpopo. Hunters and explorers had reported in
eulogistic terms on the rich goldfields and healthy plateau lands of
Matabeleland and Mashonaland, over both of which countries a powerful chief,
Lobengula, claimed authority. There were many suitors for Lobengula's
favours; but on the 11th of February 1888 he signed a treaty with J. S.
Moffat, the assistant commissioner in Bechuanaland, the effect of which was
to place all his territory under British protection. Both the Portuguese and
the Transvaal Boers were chagrined at this extension of British influence. A
number of Boers attempted unsuccessfully to trek into the country, and
Portugal opposed her ancient claims to the new treaty. She contended that
Lobengula's authority did not extend over Mashonaland, which she claimed as
part of the Portuguese province of Sofala.
Meanwhile preparations were being actively made by British capitalists for
the exploitation of the mineral and other resources of Lobengula's
territories. Two rival syndicates obtained, or claimed to have obtained,
concessions from Lobengula; but in the summer of 1889 Cecil Rhodes succeeded
in amalgamating the conflicting interests, and on the 29th of October of that
year the British government granted a charter to the British South Africa
Company (see RHODESIA.) The first article of the charter declared that ``the
principal field of the operations'' of the company ``shall be the region of
South Africa lying immediately to the north of British Bechuanaland, and to
the north and west of the South African Republic, and to the west of the
Portuguese dominions.'' No time was lost in making preparations for effective
occupation. On the advice of F. C. Selous it was determined to despatch an
expedition to eastern Mashonaland by a new route, which would avoid the
Matabele country. This plan was carried out in the summer of 1890, and,
thanks to the rapidity with which the column moved and Selous's intimate
knowledge of the country, the British flag was, on the 11th of September,
hoisted at a spot on the Makubusi river, where the town of Salisbury now
stands, and the country taken possession of in the name of Queen Victoria.
Disputes with the Portuguese ensued, and there were several frontier
incidents which for a time embittered the relations between the two
Meanwhile, north of the Zambezi, the Portuguese were making desperate but
futile attempts to repair the neglect
                  Anglo-Portuguese disputes in Central Africa.                  
of centuries by hastily organized expeditions and the hoisting of flags. In
1888 an attempt to close the Zambezi to British vessels was frustrated by the
firmness of Lord Salisbury. In a despatch to the British minister at Lisbon,
dated the 25th of June 1888, Lord Salisbury, after brushing aside the
Portuguese claims founded on doubtful discoveries three centuries old, stated
the British case in a few sentences:—
It is (he wrote) an undisputed point that the recent discoveries of the
English traveller, Livingstone, were followed by organized attempts on the
part of English religious and commercial bodies to open up and civilize the
districts surrounding and adjoining the lake. Many British settlements have
been established, the access to which from the sea is by the rivers Zambezi
and Shire. Her Majesty's government and the British public are much
interested in the welfare of these settlements. Portugal does not occupy, and
has never occupied, any portion of the lake, nor of the Shire; she has
neither authority nor influence beyond the confluence of the Shire and
Zambezi, where her interior custom-house, now withdrawn, was placed by the
terms of the Mozambique Tariff of 1877.
In 1889 it became known to the British government that a considerable Portuguese
expedition was being organized under the command of Major Serpa Pinto, for
operating in the Zambezi region. In answer to inquiries addressed to the
Portuguese government, the foreign minister stated that the object of the
expedition was to visit the Portuguese settlements on the upper Zambezi. The
British government was, even so late as 1889, averse from declaring a formal
protectorate over the Nyasa region; but early in that year H. H. (afterwards
Sir Harry) Johnston was sent out to Mozambique as British consul, with
instructions to travel in the interior and report on the troubles that had
arisen with the Arabs on Lake Nyasa and with the Portuguese. The discovery by
D. J. Rankin in 1889 of a navigable mouth of the Zambezi—the Chinde—and the
offer by Cecil Rhodes of a subsidy of L. 10,000 a year from the British South
Africa Company, removed some of the objections to a protectorate entertained by
the British government; but Johnston's instructions were not to proclaim a
protectorate unless circumstances compelled him to take that course. To his
surprise Johnston learnt on his arrival at the Zambezi that Major Serpa Pinto's
expedition had been suddenly deflected to the north. Hurrying forward, Johnston
overtook the Portuguese expedition and warned its leader that any attempt to
establish political influence north of the Ruo river would compel him to take
steps to protect British interests. On arrival at the Ruo, Major Serpa Pinto
returned to Mozambique for instructions, and in his absence Lieutenant Coutinho
crossed the river, attacked the Makololo chiefs and sought to obtain possession
of the Shire highlands by a coup de main. John Buchanan, the British
vice-consul, lost no time in declaring the country under British protection,
and his action was subsequently confirmed by Johnston on his return from a
treaty-making expedition on Lake Nyasa. On the news of these events reaching
Europe the British government addressed an ultimatum to Portugal, as the result
of which Lieutenant Coutinho's action was disavowed, and he was ordered to
withdraw the Portuguese forces south of the Ruo. After prolonged negotiations,
a convention was signed between Great Britain and Portugal on the 20th of
August 1890, by which Great Britain obtained a broad belt of territory north of
the Zambezi, stretching from Lake Nyasa on the east, the southern end of
Tanganyika on the north, and the Kabompo tributary of the Zambezi on the west;
while south of the Zambezi Portugal retained the right bank of the river from a
point ten miles above Zumbo, and the western boundary of her territory south of
the river was made to coincide roughly with the 33rd degree of east longitude.
The publication of the convention aroused deep resentment in Portugal, and the
government, unable to obtain its ratification by the chamber of deputies,
resigned. In October the abandonment of the convention was accepted by the new
Portuguese ministry as a fait accompli; but on the 14th of November the two
governments signed an agreement for a modus vivendi, by which they engaged to
recognize the territorial limits indicated in the convention of 20th 
August ``in so far that from the date of the present agreement
                     British and Portuguese spheres defined.                     
to the termination thereof neither Power will make treaties, accept
protectorates, nor exercise any act of sovereignty within the spheres of
influence assigned to the other party by the said convention.'' The
breathing-space thus gained enabled feeling in Portugal to cool down, and on
the 11th of June 1891 another treaty was signed, the ratifications being
exchanged on the 3rd of July, As already stated, this is the main treaty
defining the British and Portuguese spheres both south and north of the
Zambezi. It contained many other provisions relating to trade and navigation,
providing, inter alia, a maximum transit duty of 3% on imports and exports
crossing Portuguese territories on the east coast to the British sphere,
freedom of navigation of the Zambezi and Shire for the ships of all nations,
and stipulations as to the making of railways, roads and telegraphs. The
territorial readjustment effected was slightly more favourable to Portugal
than that agreed upon by the 1890 convention. Portugal was given both banks
of the Zambezi to a point ten miles west of Zumbo—the farthest settlement of
the Portuguese on the river. South of the Zambezi the frontier takes a south
and then an east course till it reaches the edge of the continental plateau,
thence running, roughly, along the line of 33 deg. E. southward to the north-
eastern frontier of the Transvaal. Thus by this treaty Portugal was left in
the possession of the coast-lands, while Great Britain maintained her right
to Matabele and Mashona lands. The boundary between the Portuguese sphere of
influence on the west coast and the British sphere of influence north of the
Zambezi was only vaguely indicated; but it was to be drawn in such a manner
as to leave the Barotse country within the British sphere, Lewanika, the
paramount chief of the Marotse, claiming that his territory extended much
farther to the west than was admitted by the Portuguese. In August 1903 the
question what were the limits of the Barotse kingdom was referred to the
arbitration of the king of Italy. By his award, delivered in June 1905, the
western limit of the British sphere runs from the northern frontier of German
South-West Africa up the Kwando river to 22 deg. E., follows that meridian
north to 13 deg. S., then runs due east to 24 deg. E., and then north again
to the frontier of the Congo State.
Before the conclusion of the treaty of June 1891 with Portugal, the British
government had made certain arrangements for the administration of the large
area north of the Zambezi reserved to British influence. On the 1st of
February Sir Harry Johnston was appointed imperial commissioner in Nyasaland,
and a fortnight later the British South Africa Company intimated a desire to
extend its operations north of the Zambezi. Negotiations followed, and the
field of operations of the Chartered Company was, on the 2nd of April 1891,
extended so as to cover (with the exception of Nyasaland) the whole of the
British sphere of influence north of the Zambezi (now known as Northern
Rhodesia). On the 14th of May a formal protectorate was declared over
Nyasaland, including the Shire highlands and a belt of territory extending
along the whole of the western shore of Lake Nyasa. The name was changed in
1893 to that of the British Central Africa Protectorate, for which
designation was substituted in 1907 the more appropriate title of Nyasaland
At the date of the assembling of the Berlin conference the German government
had notified that the coast-line on the
                        Germany's share of South Africa.                        
south-west of the continent, from the Orange river to Cape Frio, had been
placed under German protection. On the 13th of April 1885 the German South-
West Africa Company was constituted under an order of the imperial cabinet
with the rights of state sovereignty, including mining royalties and rights,
and a railway and telegraph monopoly. In that and the following years the
Germans vigorously pursued the business of treaty-making with the native
chiefs in the interior; and when, in July 1890, the British and German
governments came to an agreement as to the limits of their respective spheres
of influence in various parts of Africa, the boundaries of German South-West
Africa were fixed in their present position. By Article III. of this
agreement the north bank of the Orange river up to the point of its
intersection by the 20th degree of east longitude was made the southern
boundary of the German sphere of influence. The eastern boundary followed the
20th degree  of east longitude to its intersection by the 22nd parallelof
south latitude, then ran eastwards along that parallel  to the point of its
intersection by the 21st degree of east longitude. From that point it ran
northwards along the last-named meridian to the point of its intersection by
the 18th parallel of south latitude, thence eastwards along that parallel to
the river Chobe or Kwando, and along the main channel of that river to its
junction with the Zambezi, where it terminated. The northern frontier marched
with the southern boundary of Portuguese West Africa. The object of
deflecting the eastern boundary near its northern termination was to give
Germany access by her own territory to the upper waters of the Zambezi, and
it was declared that this strip of territory was at no part to be less than
20 English miles in width.
To complete the survey of the political partition of Africa south of the
Zambezi, it is necessary briefly to refer to the events
                          Fate of the Dutch Republics.                          
connected with the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. In
October 1885 the British government made an agreement with the New Republic,
a small community of Boer farmers who had in 1884-85 seized part of Zululand
and set up a government of their own, defining the frontier between the New
Republic and Zululand; but in July 1888 the New Republic was incorporated in
the South African Republic. In a convention of July-August 1890 the British
government and the government of the South African Republic confirmed the
independence of Swaziland, and on the 8th of November 1893 another convention
was signed with the same object; but on the 19th of December 1894 the British
government agreed to the South African Republic exercising ``all rights and
powers of protection, legislation, jurisdiction and administration over
Swaziland and the inhabitants thereof,'' subject to certain conditions and
provisions, and to the non-incorporation of Swaziland in the Republic. In the
previous September Pondoland had been annexed to Cape Colony; on the 23rd of
April 1895 Tongaland was declared by proclamation to be added to the
dominions of Queen Victoria, and in December 1897 Zululand and Tongaland, or
Amatongaland, were incorporated with the colony of Natal. The history of the
events that led up to the Boer War of 1899-1902 cannot be recounted here (see
TRANSVAAL, History), but in October 1899 the South African Republic and the
Orange Free State addressed an ultimatum to Great Britain and invaded Natal
and Cape Colony. As a result of the military operations that followed, the
Orange Free State was, on the 28th of May 1900, proclaimed by Lord Roberts a
British colony under the name ``Orange River Colony,'' and the South African
Republic was on the 25th of October 1900 incorporated in the British empire
as the ``Transvaal Colony.'' In January 1903 the districts of Vryheid
(formerly the New Republic), Utrecht and part of the Wakkerstroom district, a
tract of territory comprising in all about 7000 sq. m., were transferred from
the Transvaal colony to Natal. In 1907 both the Transvaal and Orange River
Colony were granted responsible government.
On the east coast the two great rivals were Germany and Great Britain.
Germany on the 30th of December 1886, and Great
                      Anglo-German rivalry in East Africa.                      
Britain on the 11th of June 1891, formally recognized the Rovuma river as the
northern boundary of the Portuguese sphere of influence on that coast; but it
was to the north of that river, over the vast area of East or East Central
Africa in which the sultan of Zanzibar claimed to exercise suzerainty, that
the struggle between the two rival powers was most acute. The independence of
the sultans of Zanzibar had been recognized by the governments of Great
Britain and France in 1862, and the sultan's authority extended almost
uninterruptedly along the coast of the mainland, from Cape Delgado in the
south to Warsheik on the north—a stretch of coast more than a thousand miles
long—though to the north the sultan's authority was confined to certain
ports. In Zanzibar itself, where Sir John Kirk, Livingstone's companion in
his second expedition, was British consul-general, British influence was,
when the Berlin conference met, practically supreme, though German traders
had established themselves on the island and created considerable commercial
interests. Away from the coasts the limits and extent of the sultan's
authority were far from being clearly defined. The sultanhimself claimed that
it extended as far as Lake Tanganyika, but the claim did not rest on any very
solid ground of effective occupation. The little-known region of the Great
Lakes had for some time attracted the attention of the men who were directing
the colonial movement in Germany; and, as has been stated, a small band of
pioneers actually landed on the mainland opposite Zanzibar in November 1884,
and made their first ``treaty'' with the chief of Mbuzini on the 19th of that
month Pushing up the Wami river the three adventurers reached the Usagara
country, and concluded more ``treaties,'' the net result being that when, in
the middle of December, Karl Peters returned to the coast he brought back
with him documents which were claimed to concede some 60,000 sq. m. of
country to the German Colonization Society. Peters hurried back to Berlin,
and on the 17th of February 1885 the German emperor issued a ``Charter of
Protection'' by which His Majesty accepted the suzerainty of the newly-
acquired territory, and ``placed under our Imperial protection the
territories in question.'' The conclusion of these treaties was, on the 6th
of March, notified to the British government and to the sultan of Zanzibar.
Immediately on receipt of the notification the sultan telegraphed an
energetic protest to Berlin, alleging that the places placed under German
protection had belonged to the sultanate of Zanzibar from the time of his
fathers. The German consul-general refused to admit the sultan's claims, and
meanwhile agents of the German society were energetically pursuing the task
of treaty-making. The sultan (Seyyid Bargash) despatched a small force to the
disputed territory, which was subsequently withdrawn, and in May sent a more
imposing expedition under the command of General Lloyd Mathews, the
commander-in-chief of the Zanzibar army, to the Kilimanjaro district, in
order to anticipate the action of German agents. Meanwhile Lord Granville,
then at the British Foreign Office, had
                 Lord Granville's complaisance towards Germany.                 
taken up an extremely friendly attitude towards the German claims. Before these
events the sultan of Zanzibar had, on more than one occasion, practically
invited Great Britain to assume a protectorate over his dominions. But the
invitations had been declined. Egyptian affairs were, in the year 1885, causing
considerable anxiety to the British government, and the fact was not without
influence on the attitude of the British foreign secretary. On the 25th 
of May 1885, in a despatch to the British ambassador at Berlin, Lord Granville
instructed Sir E. Malet to communicate the views of the British cabinet to
Prince Bismarck:—
I have to request your Excellency to state that the supposition that Her
Majesty's Government have no intention of opposing the German scheme of
colonization in the neighbourhood of Zanzibar is absolutely correct. Her
Majesty's Government, on the contrary, view with favour these schemes, the
realization of which will entail the civilization of large tracts over which
hitherto no European influence has been exercised, the co-operation of
Germany with Great Britain in the work of the suppression of the slave gangs,
and the encouragement of the efforts of the Sultan both in the extinction of
the slave trade and in the commercial development of his dominions.
In the same despatch Lord Granville instructed Sir E. Malet to intimate to
the German government that some prominent capitalists had originated a plan
for a British settlement in the country between the coast and the lakes,
which are the sources of the White Nile, ``and for its connexion with the
coast by a railway.'' But Her Majesty's government would not accord to these
prominent capitalists the support they had called for, ``unless they were
fully satisfied that every precaution was taken to ensure that it should in
no way conflict with the interests of the territory that has been taken under
German protectorate,'' and Prince Bismarck was practically invited to say
whether British capitalists were or were not to receive the protection of the
British government. The reference in Lord Granville's despatch was to a
proposal made by a number of British merchants and others who had long been
interested in Zanzibar, and who saw in the rapid advance of Germany a menace
to the interests which had hitherto been regarded as paramount in the
sultanate. In 1884 H. H. Johnston had concluded treaties with the chief of
Taveta in the Kilimanjaro district, and had transferred these treaties to
John Hutton of Manchester. Hutton, with Mr (afterwards Sir William)
Mackinnon, was one of the founders of what subsequently became the Imperial
British East Africa Company. But in the early stages the champions of British
interests in East Africa received no support from their own government, while
Germany was pushing her advantage with the energy of a recent convert to
colonial expansion, and had even, on the coast, opened negotiations with the
sultan of Witu, a small territory situated north of the Tana river, whose
ruler claimed to be independent of Zanzibar. On the 5th of May 1885 the
sultan of Witu executed a deed of sale and cession to a German subject of
certain tracts of land on the coast, and later in the same year other
treaties or sales of territory were effected, by which German subjects
acquired rights on the coast-line claimed by the sultan. Inland, treaties had
been concluded on behalf of Germany with the chiefs of the Kilimanjaro
region, and an intimation to that effect made to the British government. But
before this occurred the German government had succeeded in extracting an
acknowledgment of the validity of the earlier treaties from the sultan of
Zanzibar. Early in August a powerful German squadron appeared off Zanzibar,
and on the 14th of that month the sultan yielded to the inevitable,
acknowledged the German protectorate over Usagara and Witu, and undertook to
withdraw his soldiers.
Meanwhile negotiations had been opened for the appointment of an
international commission, ``for the purpose of inquiring
                     Partition of the sultanate of Zanzibar.                     
into the claims of the sultans of Zanzibar to sovereignty over certain
territories on the east coast of Africa, and of ascertaining their precise
limits.'' The governments to be represented were Great Britain, France and
Germany, and towards the end of 1885 commissioners were appointed. The
commissioners reported on the 9th of June 1886, and assigned to the sultan
the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, Lamu, Mafia and a number of other small
islands. On the mainland they recognized as belonging to the sultan a
continuous strip of territory, 10 sea-miles in depth, from the south bank of
the Minengani river, a stream a short distance south of the Rovuma, to
Kipini, at the mouth of the Tana river, some 600 m. in length. North of
Kipini the commissioners recognized as belonging to the sultan the stations
of Kismayu, Brava, Marka and Mukdishu, with radii landwards of 10 sea-miles,
and of Warsheik with a radius of 5 sea-miles. By an exchange of notes in
October—November 1886 the governments of Great Britain and Germany accepted
the reports of the delimitation commissioners, to which the sultan adhered on
the 4th of the following December. But the British and German governments did
more than determine what territories were to be assigned to the sultanate of
Zanzibar. They agreed to a delimitation of their respective spheres of
influence in East Africa. The territory to be affected by this arrangement
was to be bounded on the south by the Rovuma river, ``and on the north by a
line which, starting from the mouth of the Tana river, follows the course of
that river or its affluents to the point of intersection of the equator and
the 38th degree of east longitude, thence strikes direct to the point of
intersection of the 1st degree of north latitude with the 37th degree of east
longitude, where the line terminates.'' The line of demarcation between the
British and the German spheres of influence was to start from the mouth of
the river Wanga or Umba (which enters the ocean opposite Pemba Island to the
north of Zanzibar), and running north-west was to skirt the northern base of
the Kilimanjaro range, and thence to be drawn direct to the point on the
eastern side of Victoria Nyanza intersected by the 1st degree of south
latitude. South of this line German influence was to prevail; north of the
line was the British sphere. The sultan's dominions having been thus
truncated, Germany associated herself with the recognition of the
``independence'' of Zanzibar in which France and Great Britain had joined in
1862. The effect of this agreement was to define the spheres of influence of
the two countries as far as Victoria Nyanza, but it provided no limit
westwards, and left the country north of the Tana river, in which Germany had
already acquired some interests near the coast, open for fresh annexations.
The conclusion of the agreement immediately stimulated the enterprise both of
the German East African Company, to which Peters's earlier treaties had been
transferred, and of the British capitalists to whom reference had been made
in Lord Granville's despatch. The German East African Company was
incorporated by imperial charter in March 1887, and the British capitalists
formed themselves into the British East Africa Association, and on the 24th
of May 1887 obtained, through the good offices of Sir William Mackinnon, a
concession of the 10-miles strip of coast from the Umba river in the south to
Kipini in the north. The British association further sought to extend its
rights in the sphere reserved to British influence by making treaties with
the native chiefs behind the coast strip, and for this purpose various
expeditions were sent into the interior. When they had obtained concessions
over the country for some 200 m. inland the associated
                        Formation of British East Africa.                        
capitalists applied to the British government for a charter, which was
granted on the 3rd of September 1888, and the association became the Imperial
British East Africa Company (see BRITISH EAST AFRICA).
The example set by the British company in obtaining a lease of the coast
strip between the British sphere of influence and the sea was quickly
followed by the German association, which, on the 28th of April 1888,
concluded an agreement with the sultan Khalifa, who had succeeded his brother
Bargash, by which the association leased the strip of Zanzibar  territory
between the German sphere and the sea. It was not,however, until August that
the German officials took over the administration, and their want of tact and
ignorance of native administration almost immediately provoked a rebellion of
so serious a character that it was not suppressed until the imperial
authorities had taken the matter in hand. Shortly after its suppression the
administration was entrusted to an imperial officer, and the sultan's rights
on the mainland strip were bought outright by Germany for four millions of
Events of great importance had been happening, meanwhile, in the country to
the west and north of the British sphere of influence. The British company
had sent caravans into the interior to survey the country, to make treaties
with the native chiefs and to report on the commercial and agricultural
possibilities. One of these had gone up the Tana river. But another and a
rival expedition was proceeding along the northern bank of this same river.
Karl Peters, whose energy cannot be denied, whatever may be thought of his
methods, set out with an armed caravan up the Tana on the pretext of leading
an expedition to the relief of Emin Pasha, the governor of the equatorial
province of the Egyptian Sudan, then reported to be hemmed in by the
dervishes at Wadelai. His expedition was not sanctioned by the German
government, and the British naval commander had orders to prevent his
landing. But Peters succeeded in evading the British vessels and proceeded up
the river, planting German flags and fighting the natives who opposed his
progress. Early in 1890 he reached Kavirondo, and there found letters from
Mwanga, king of Uganda, addressed to F. J. Jackson, the leader of an
expedition sent out by the British East Africa
                        Uganda secured by Great Britain.                        
Company, imploring the company's representative to come to his assistance and
offering to accept the British flag. To previous letters, less plainly
couched. from the king, Jackson had returned the answer that his instructions
were not to enter Uganda, but that he would do so in case of need. The
letters that fell into Peters's hands were in reply to those from Jackson.
Peters did not hesitate to open the letters, and on reading them he at once
proceeded to Uganda, where, with the assistance of the French Roman Catholic
priests, he succeeded in inducing Mwanga to sign a loosely worded treaty
intended to place him under German protection. On hearing of this Jackson at
once set out for Uganda, but Peters did not wait for his arrival, leaving for
the south of Victoria Nyanza some days before Jackson arrived at Mengo,
Mwanga's capital. As Mwanga would not agree to Jackson's proposals, Jackson
returned to the coast, leaving a representative at Mengo to protect the
company's interests. Captain (afterwards Sir) F. D. Lugard, who had recently
entered the company's employment, was at once ordered to proceed to Uganda.
But in the meantime an event of great importance had taken place, the
conclusion of the agreement between Great Britain and Germany with reference
to their different spheres of influence in various parts of Africa.
The Anglo-German agreement of the 1st of July 1890 has already been referred
to and its importance insisted upon. Here we have to deal with the provisions
in reference to East Africa. In return for the cession of Heligoland, Lord
Salisbury obtained from Germany the recognition of a British protectorate
over the dominions of the sultan of Zanzibar, including the islands of
Zanzibar and Pemba, but excluding the strip leased to Germany, which was
subsequently ceded absolutely to Germany. Germany further agreed to withdraw
the protectorate declared over Witu and the adjoining coast up to Kismayu in
favour of Great Britain, and to recognize as within the British sphere of
influence the vast area bounded, on the south by the frontier line laid down
in the agreement of 1886, which was to be extended along the first parallel
of south latitude across Victoria Nyanza to the frontiers of the Congo Free
State, on the west by the Congo Free State and the western watershed of the
Nile, and on the north by a line commencing on the coast at the north bank of
the mouth of the river Juba, then ascending that bank of the river until it
reached the territory at that time regarded as reserved to the influence of
Italy13 in Gallaland and Abyssinia, when it followed the frontier of the
Italian sphere to the confines of Egypt. To the south-west of the German
sphere in East Africa the boundary was formed by the eastern and northern
shore of Lake Nyasa, and round the western shore to the mouth of the Songwe
river, from which point it crossed the Nyasa-Tanganyika plateau to the
southern end of the last-named lake,
                      Limits of German East Africa defined.                      
leaving the Stevenson Road on the British side of the boundary. The effect of
this treaty was to remove all serious causes of dispute about territory
between Germany and Great Britain in East Africa. It rendered quite valueless
Peters's treaty with Mwanga and his promenade along the Tana; it freed Great
Britain from any fear of German competition to the northwards, and recognized
that her influence extended to the western limits of the Nile valley. But, on
the other hand, Great Britain had to relinquish the ambition of connecting
her sphere of influence in the Nile valley with her possessions in Central
and South Africa. On this point Germany was quite obdurate; and, as already
stated, an attempt subsequently made (May 1894) to secure this object by the
lease of a strip of territory from the Congo Free State was frustrated by
German opposition.
Uganda having thus been assigned to the British sphere of influence by the
only European power in a position to contest its possession with her, the
subsequent history of that region, and of the country between the Victoria
Nyanza and the coast, must be traced in the articles on BRITISH EAST AFRICA
and UGANDA, but it may be well briefly to record here the following
facts:—The Imperial British East Africa Company, finding the burden of
administration too heavy for its financial resources, and not receiving the
assistance it felt itself entitled to receive from the imperial authorities,
intimated that it would be compelled to withdraw at the end of the year 1892.
Funds were raised to enable the company to continue its administration until
the end of March 1893, and a strong public protest against evacuation
compelled the government to determine in favour of the retention of the
country. In January 1893 Sir Gerald Portal left the coast as a special
commissioner to inquire into the ``best means of dealing with the country,
whether through Zanzibar or otherwise.'' On the 31st of March the union jack
was raised, and on the 29th of May a fresh treaty was concluded with King
Mwanga placing his country under British protection. A formal protectorate
was declared over Uganda proper on the 19th of June 1894, which was
subsequently extended so as to include the countries westwards towards the
Congo Free State, eastwards to the British East Africa protectorate and
Abyssinia, and northwards to the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. The British East
Africa protectorate was constituted in June 1895, when the Imperial British
East Africa Company relinquished all its rights in exchange for a money
payment, and the administration was assumed by the imperial authorities. On
the 1st of April 1902 the eastern province of the Uganda protectorate was
transferred to the British East Africa protectorate, which thus secured
control of the whole length of the so-called Uganda railway, and at the same
time obtained access to the Victoria Nyanza.
Early in the 'eighties, as already seen, Italy had obtained her first formal
footing on the African coast at the Bay of Assab
                              Italy in East Africa.                              
(Aussa) on the Red Sea. In 1885 the troubles in which Egypt found herself
involved compelled the khedive and his advisers to loosen their hold on the
Red Sea littoral, and, with the tacit approval of Great Britain, Italy took
possession of Massawa and other ports on that coast. By 1888 Italian
influence had been extended from Ras Kasar on the north to the northern
frontier of the French colony of Obok on the south, a distance of some 650 m.
The interior limits of Italian influence were but ill defined, and the negus
Johannes (King John) of Abyssinia viewed with anything but a favourable eye
the approach of the Italians towards the Abyssinian highlands. In January
1887 an Italian force was almost annihilated at Dogali, but the check only
served to spur on the Italian government to fresh efforts.
The Italians occupied Keren and Asmara in the highlands, and eventually, in
May 1889, concluded a treaty of peace and friendship with the negus Menelek,
who had seized the throne on the death of Johannes, killed in battle with the
dervishes in March of the same year. This agreement, known as the treaty of
Uccialli, settled the frontiers between Abyssinia and the Italian sphere, and
contained the following article:—
XVII. His Majesty the King of Kings of Ethiopia consents to avail himself of
the Italian government for any negotiations which he may enter into with the
other powers or governments.
In Italy and by other European governments this article was generally regarded
as establishing an Italian protectorate over Abyssinia; but this interpretation
was never accepted by the emperor Menelek, and at no time did Italy succeed in
establishing any very effective control over Abyssinian affairs. North of the
Italian coast sphere the Red Sea littoral was still under Egyptian rule, while
immediately to the south a small stretch of coast on the Gulf of Tajura
constituted the sole French possession on the East African mainland (see
SOMALILAND.) Moreover, when Egyptian claims to the Somali coast were withdrawn,
Great Britain took the opportunity to establish her influence on the northern
Somali coast, opposite Aden. Between the 1st of May 1884 and the 15th of March
1886 ten treaties were concluded, placing under British influence the northern
Somali coast from Ras Jibuti on the west to Bandar Ziada on the east. In the
meantime Italy, not content with her acquisitions on the Red Sea, had been
concluding treaties with the Somali chiefs on the east coast. The first treaty
was made with the sultan of Obbia on the 8th of February 1889. Later in the
same year the British East Africa Company transferred to Italy—the transference
being subsequently approved by the sultan of Zanzibar—the ports of Brava,
Marka, Mukdishu and Warsheik, leased from Zanzibar. On the 24th of
March 1891 an agreement between Italy and Great Britain fixed the northern bank
of the Juba up to latitude 6 deg. N. as the southern boundary of Italian
influence in Somaliland, the boundary being provisionally prolonged along lines
of latitude and longitude to the intersection of the Blue Nile with 35 deg. E.
longitude. On the 15th of April 1891 a further agreement fixed the northern
limit of the Italian sphere from Ras Kasar on the Red Sea to the point on the
Blue Nile just mentioned. By this agreement Italy was to have the right
temporarily to occupy Kassala, which was left in the Anglo-Egyptian sphere, in
trust for Egypt—a right of which she availed herself in 1894. To complete the
work of delimitation the British and Italian governments, on the 5th of May
1894, fixed the boundary of the British sphere of influence in Somaliland from
the Anglo-French boundary, which had been settled in February 1888.
But while Great Britain was thus lending her sanction to Italy's ambitious
schemes, the Abyssinian emperor was becoming more and more incensed at
Italy's pretensions to exercise a protectorate over Ethiopia. In 1893 Menelek
denounced the treaty of Uccialli, and eventually, in a great battle, fought
at Adowa on the 1st of March 1896, the Italians were disastrously defeated.
By the subsequent treaty of Adis Ababa, concluded on the 26th of October
1896, the whole of the country to the
                    The independence of Abyssinia recognized.                    
south of the Mareb, Belesa and Muna rivers was restored to Abyssinia, and
Italy acknowledged the absolute independence of Abyssinia. The effect of this
was practically to destroy the value of the Anglo-Italian agreement as to the
boundaries to the south and west of Abyssinia; and negotiations were
afterwards set on foot between the emperor Menelek and his European
neighbours with the object of determining the Abyssinian frontiers. Italian
Somaliland, bordering on the south-eastern frontier of Abyssinia, became
limited to a belt of territory with a depth inland from the Indian Ocean of
from 180 to 250 m. The negotiations concerning the frontier lasted until
1908, being protracted over the question as to the possession of Lugh, a town
on the Juba, which eventually fell to Italy. After the battle of Adowa the
Italian government handed over he administration of the southern part of the
country to the enadir Company, but in January 1905 the government resumed
control and at the same time transformed the leasehold rights it held from
the sultan of Zanzibar into sovereign rights by the payment to the sultan of
L. 144,000. To facilitate her communications with the interior, Italy also
secured from the British government the lease of a small area of land
immediately to the north of Kismayu. In British Somaliland the frontier fixed
by agreement with Italy in 1894 was modified, in so far as it marched with
Abyssinian territory, by an agreement which Sir Rennell Rodd concluded with
the emperor Menelek in 1897. The effect of this agreement was to reduce the
area of British Somaliland from 75,000 to 68,000 sq. m. In the same year
France concluded an agreement with the emperor, which is known to have fixed
the frontier of the French Somali Coast protectorate at a distance of 90
kilometres (56 m.) from the coast. The determination of the northern, western
and southern limits of Abyssinia proved a more difficult matter. A treaty of
July 1900 followed by an agreement of November 1901 defined the boundaries of
Eritrea on the side of Abyssinia and the Sudan respectively. In certain
details the boundaries thus laid down were modified by an Anglo-Italian-
Abyssinian treaty signed at Adis Ababa on the 15th of May 1902. On the same
day another treaty was signed at the Abyssinian capital by Sir John
Harrington, the British minister plenipotentiary, and the emperor Menelek,
whereby the western, or Sudan-Abyssinian, frontier was defined as far south
as the intersection of 6 deg. N. and 35 deg. E. Within the British sphere
were left the Atbara up to Gallabat, the Blue Nile up to Famaka and the Sobat
up to the junction of the Baro and Pibor. While not satisfying Abyssinian
claims to their full extent, the frontier laid down was on the whole more
favourable to Abyssinia than was the line fixed in the Anglo-Italian
agreement of 1891. On the other hand, Menelek gave important economic
guarantees and concessions to the Sudan government.
In Egypt the result of the abolition of the Dual Control was to make British
influence virtually predominant, though theoretically Turkey remained the
suzerain power; and after the reconquest of the Sudan by the Anglo-Egyptian
army a convention between the British and Egyptian governments was signed at
Cairo on the 19th of January 1899, which, inter alia, provided for the joint
use of the British and Egyptian flags in the territories south of the 22nd
parallel of north latitude. From the international point of view the British
position in Egypt was strengthened by the Anglo-French declaration of the 8th
of April 1904. For some time previously there had been
                   The Anglo-French agreements of April 1904.                   
a movement on both sides of the Channel in favour of the settlement of a
number of important questions in which British and French interests were
involved. The movement was no doubt strengthened by the desire to reduce to
their least dimensions the possible causes of trouble between the two
countries at a time when the outbreak of hostilities between Russia (the ally
of France) and Japan (the ally of Great Britain) rendered the European
situation peculiarly delicate. On the 8th of April 1904 there was signed in
London by the British foreign secretary, the marquess of Lansdowne, and the
French ambassador, M. Paul Cambon, a series of agreements relating to several
parts of the globe. Here we are concerned only with the joint declaration
respecting Egypt and Morocco and a convention relating, in part, to British
and French frontiers in West Africa. The latter we shall have occasion to
refer to later. The former, notwithstanding the declarations embodied in it
that there was ``no intention of altering the political status'' either of
Egypt or of Morocco, cannot be ignored in any account of the partition in
Africa. With regard to Egypt the French government declared ``that they will
not obstruct the action of Great Britain in that country by asking that a
limit of time be fixed for the British occupation or in any other manner.''
France also assented—as did subsequently the other powers interested—to a
khedivial decree simplifying the international control exercised by the
Caisse de la Dette over the finances of Egypt.
In order to appreciate aright that portion of the declaration relating to
Morocco it is necessary to say a few words about the course of French policy
in North-West Africa. In Tunisia the work of strengthening the protectorate
established in 1881 had gone steadily forward; but it was in Algeria that the
extension of French influence had been most marked. The movement of expansion
southwards was inevitable. With the progress of exploration it became
increasingly evident that the Sahara constituted no insurmountable barrier
between the French possessions in North and West Central Africa. But France
had not only the hope of placing Algeria in touch with the Sudan to spur her
forward. To consolidate her position in North-West Africa she desired to make
French influence supreme in Morocco. The relations between the two countries
did not favour the realization of that ambition. The advance southwards of
the French forces of occupation evoked loud protests from the Moorish
government, particularly with regard to the occupation in 1900-1901 of the
Tuat Oases. Under the Franco-Moorish treaty of 1845 the frontier between
Algeria and Morocco was defined from the Mediterranean coast as far south as
the pass of Teniet el Sassi, in about 34 deg. N.; beyond that came a zone in
which no frontier was defined, but in which the tribes and desert villages
(ksurs) belonging to the respective spheres of influence were named; while
south of the desert villages the treaty stated that in view of the character
of the country ``the delimitation of it would be superfluous.'' Though the
frontier was thus left undefined, the sultan maintained that in her advance
southwards France had trespassed on territories that unmistakably belonged to
Morocco. After some negotiation, however, a protocol was signed in Paris on
                    France's privileged position in Morocco.                    
the 20th of July 1901, and commissioners appointed to devise measures for the
co-operation of the French and Moorish authorities in the maintenance of
peaceful conditions in the frontier region. It was reported that in April
1902 the commissioners signed an agreement whereby the Sharifan government
undertook to consolidate its authority on the Moorish side of the frontier as
far south as Figig. The agreement continued: ``Le Gouvernement francais, en
raison de son voisinage, lui pretera son appui, en cas de besoin. Le
Gouvernement francais etablira son autorite et la paix dans les regions du
Sahara, et le Gouvernement marocain, son voisin, lui aidera de tout son
pouvoir.'' Meanwhile in the northern districts of Morocco the conditions of
unrest under the rule of the young sultan, Abd el Aziz IV., were attracting
an increasing amount of attention in Europe and were calling forth demands
for their suppression. It was in these circumstances that in the Anglo-French
declaration of April 1904 the British government recognized ``that it
appertains to France, more particularly as a power whose dominions are
conterminous for a great distance with those of Morocco, to preserve order in
that country, and to provide assistance for the purpose of all
administrative, economic, financial and military reforms which it may
require.'' Both parties to the declaration, ``inspired by their feeling of
sincere friendship for Spain, take into special consideration the interests
which that country derives from her geographical position and from her
territorial possessions on the Moorish coast of the Mediterranean. In regard
to these interests the French government will come to an understanding with
the Spanish government.'' The understanding thus foreshadowed was reached
later in the same year, Spain securing a sphere of interest on the
Mediterranean coast. In pursuance of the policy marked out in the Anglo-
French declaration, France was seeking to strengthen her influence in Morocco
when in 1905 the attitude of Germany seriously affected her position. On the
8th of July France secured from the German government formal ``recognition of
the situation created for France in Morocco by the contiguity of a vast
extent of territory of Algeria and the Sharifan empire, and by the special
relations resulting therefrom between the two adjacent countries, as well as
by the special interest for France, due to this fact, that order should reign
in the Sharifan Empire.'' Finally, in January-April 1906, a conference of the
powers was held at Algeciras to devise, by invitation of the sultan, a scheme
of reforms to be introduced into Morocco (q.v..) French capital was allotted
a larger share than that of any other power in the Moorish state bank which
it was decided to institute, and French and Spanish officers were entrusted
with the organization of a police force for the maintenance of order in the
principal coast towns. The new regime had not been fully inaugurated,
however, when a series of outrages led, in 1907, to the military occupation
by France of Udja, a town near the Algerian frontier, and of the port of
Casablanca on the Atlantic coast of Morocco.
It only remains to be noted, in connexion with the story of French activity
in North-West Africa, that with such energy was the penetration of the Sahara
pursued that in April 1904 flying columns from Insalah and Timbuktu met by
arrangement in mid-desert, and in the following year it was deemed advisable
to indicate on the maps the boundary between the Algerian and French West
African territories.
Brief reference must be made to the position of Tripoli. While Egypt was
brought under British control and Tunisia became a French protectorate,
Tripoli remained a province of the Turkish empire with undefined frontiers in
the hinterland, a state of affairs which more than once threatened to lead to
trouble with France during the expansion of the latter's influence in the
Sahara. As already stated, Italy early gave evidence that it was her ambition
to succeed to the province, and, not only by the sultan of Turkey but in
Italy also, the Anglo-French declaration of March 1899, respecting the limits
of the British and French spheres of influence in north Central Africa, was
viewed with some concern. By means of a series of public utterances on the
part of French and Italian statesmen in the winter 1901-1902 it
                          Italy's interest in Tripoli.                          
was made known that the two powers had come to an understanding with regard
to their interests in North Africa, and in May 1902 Signor Prinetti, then
Italian minister for foreign affairs, speaking in parliament in reply to an
interpellation on the subject of Tripoli, declared that if ``the status quo
in the Mediterranean were ever disturbed, Italy would be sure of finding no
one to bar the way to her legitimate aspirations.''
At the opening of the Berlin conference Spain had established no formal claim
to any part of the coast to the south of Morocco; but while the conference
was sitting, on the 9th of January 1885, the Spanish government intimated
that in view of the importance of the Spanish settlements on the Rio de Oro,
at Angra de Cintra,
                                Spanish colonies.                                
and at Western Bay (Cape Blanco), and of the documents signed with the
independent tribes on that coast, the king of Spain had taken under his
protection ``the territories of the western coast of Africa comprised between
the fore-mentioned Western Bay and Cape Bojador.'' The interior limits of the
Spanish sphere were defined by an agreement concluded in 1900 with France. By
this document some 70,000 sq. m. of the western Sahara were recognized as
The same agreement settled a long-standing dispute between Spain and France
as to the ownership of the district around the Muni river to be south of
Cameroon, Spain securing a block of territory with a coast-line from the
Campo river on the north to the Muni river on the south. The northern
frontier is formed by the German Cameroon colony, the eastern by 11 deg. 20'
E., and the southern by the first parallel of north latitude to its point of
intersection with the Muni river.
Apart from this small block of Spanish territory south of Cameroon, the
stretch of coast between Cape Blanco and the
                          Division of the Guinea coast.                          
mouth of the Congo is partitioned among four European powers—Great Britain,
France, Germany and Portugal —and the negro republic of Liberia. Following
the coast southwards from Cape Blanco is first the French colony of Senegal,
which is indented, along the Gambia river, by the small British colony of
that name, and then the comparatively small territory of Portuguese Guinea,
all that remains on this Coast to represent Portugal's share in the scramble
in a region where she once played so conspicuous a part. To the south of
Portuguese Guinea is the French Guinea colony, and still going south and east
are the British colony of Sierra Leone, the republic of Liberia, the French
colony of the Ivory coast, the British Gold Coast, German Togoland, French
Dahomey, the British colony (formerly known as the Lagos colony) and
protectorate of Southern Nigeria, the German colony of Cameroon, the Spanish
settlements on the Muni river, the French Congo colony, and the small
Portuguese enclave north of the Congo to which reference has already been
made, which is administratively part of the Angola colony. When the General
Act of the Berlin conference was signed the whole of this coast-line had not
been formally claimed; but no time was lost by the powers interested in
notifying claims to the unappropriated sections, and the conflicting claims
put forward necessitated frequent adjustments by international agreements. By
a Franco-Portuguese agreement of the 12th of May 1886 the limits of
Portuguese Guinea—surrounded landwards by French territory—were defined, and
by agreements with Great Britain in 1885 and France in 1892 and 1907 the
Liberian republic was Confined to an area of about 43,000 sq. m.
The real struggle in West Africa was between France and Great Britain, and
France played the dominant part, the exhaustion of Portugal, the apathy of
the British government and the late appearance of Germany in the field being
all elements that favoured the success of French policy. Before tracing the
steps in the historic contest between France and Great Britain it is
necessary, however, to deal briefly with the part played by Germany. She
naturally could not be disposed of by the chief rivals as easily as were
Portugal and Liberia. It will be remembered that Dr Nachtigal, while the
proposals for the Berlin conference were under discussion, had planted the
German flag on the coast of Togo and in Cameroon in the month of July 1884.
In Cameroon Germany found herself with Great Britain for a neighbour to the
north, and with France as her southern neighbour on the Gabun river. The
utmost activity was displayed in making treaties with native chiefs, and in
securing as wide a range of coast for German enterprise as was possible.
After various provisional agreements had been concluded between Great Britain
and Germany, a ``provisional line of demarcation'' was adopted in the famous
agreement of the 1st of July 1890, starting from the head of the Rio del Rey
creek and going to the point, about 9 deg. 8' E., marked ``rapids'' on the
British Admiralty chart. By a further agreement of the 14th of April 1893,
the right bank of the Rio del Rey was made the boundary between the Oil
Rivers Protectorate (now Southern Nigeria) and Cameroon. In the following
November (1893) the boundary was continued from the ``rapids'' before
mentioned, on the Calabar or Cross river, in a straight line towards the
centre of the town of Yola, on the Benue river. Yola itself, with a radius
                         Germany in West Central Africa.                         
of some 3 m., was left in the British sphere, and the German boundary followed
the circle eastwards from the point of intersection as it neared Yola until it
met the Benue river. From that point it crossed the river to the intersection
of the 13th degree of longitude with the 10th degree of north latitude, and
then made direct for a point on the southern shore of Lake Chad ``situated 35
minutes east of the meridian of Kuka.'' By this agreement the British
government withdrew from a considerable section of the upper waters of the
Benue with which the Royal Niger Company had entered into relations. The limit
of Germany's possible extension eastwards was fixed at the basin of the river
Shari, and Darfur, Kordofan and the Bahr-el-Ghazal were to be excluded from her
sphere of influence. The object of Great Britain in making the sacrifice she
did was two-fold. By satisfying Germany's desire for a part of Lake Chad a
check was put on French designs on the Benue region, while by recognizing the
central Sudan (Wadai, &c.) in the German sphere, a barrier was interposed
to the advance of France from the Congo to the Nile. This last object was not
attained, inasmuch as Germany in coming to terms with France as to the southern
and eastern limits of Cameroon abandoned her claims to the central Sudan. She
had already, on the 24th of December 1885, signed a protocol with France fixing
her southern frontier, where it was coterminous with the French Congo colony.
But to the east German explorers were crossing the track of French explorers
from the northern bank of the Ubangi, and the need for an agreement was
obvious. Accordingly, on the 4th of February 1894, a protocol—which, some weeks
later, was confirmed by a convention— was signed at Berlin, by which France
accepted the presence of Germany on Lake Chad as a fait accompli and effected
the best bargain she could by making the left bank of the Shari river, from its
outlet into Lake Chad to the 10th parallel of north latitude, the eastern limit
of German extension. From this point the boundary line went due west some 230
m., then turned south, and with various indentations joined the south-eastern
frontier, which had been slightly extended so as to give Germany access to the
Sanga river— a tributary of the Congo. Thus, early in 1894, the German Cameroon
colony had reached fairly definite limits. In 1908 another convention,
modifying the frontier, gave Germany a larger share of the Sanga, while France,
among other advantages, gained the left bank of the Shari to 10 deg. 40' N.
The German Togoland settlements occupy a narrow strip of the Guinea coast,
some 35 m. only in length, wedged in between the British Gold Coast and
French Dahomey. At first France was inclined to dispute Germany's claims to
Little Popo and Porto Seguro; but in December 1885 the French government
acknowledged the German protectorate over these
                      Exclusion of Germany from the Niger.                      
places, and the boundary between French and German territory, which runs
north from the coast to the 11th decree of latitude, was laid down by the
Franco-German convention of the 12th of July 1897. The fixing of the 11th
parallel as the northern boundary of German expansion towards the interior
was not accomplished without some sacrifice of German ambitions. Having
secured an opening on Lake Chad for her Cameroon colony, Germany was anxious
to obtain a footing on the middle Niger for Togoland. German expeditions
reached Gando, one of the tributary states of the Sokoto empire on the middle
Niger, and, notwithstanding the existence of prior treaties with Great
Britain, sought to conclude agreements with the sultan of that country. But
this German ambition conflicted both with the British and the French designs
in West Africa, and eventually Germany had to be content with the 11th
parallel as her northern frontier. On the west the Togoland frontier on the
coast was fixed in July 1886 by British and German commissioners at 1 deg.
10' E. longitude, and its extension towards the interior laid down for a
short distance. A curious feature in the history of its prolongation was the
establishment in 1888 of a neutral zone wherein neither power was to seek to
acquire protectorates nor exclusive influence. It was not until November 1899
that, as part of the Samoa settlement, this neutral zone was partitioned
between the two powers and the frontier extended to the 11th parallel.
The story of the struggle between France and Great Britain in West Africa may
roughly be divided into two sections, the
                      Anglo-French rivalry in West Africa.                      
first dealing with the Coast colonies, the second dealing with the struggle
for the middle Niger and Lake Chad. As regards the Coast colonies, France was
wholly successful in her design of isolating all Great Britain's separate
possessions in that region, and of securing for herself undisputed possession
of the upper Niger and of the countries lying within the great bend of that
river. When the British government awoke to the consciousness of what was at
stake France had obtained too great a start. French governors of the Senegal
had succeeded, before the Berlin Conference, in establishing forts on the
upper Niger, and the advantage thus gained was steadily pursued. Every winter
season French posts were pushed farther and farther along the river, or in
the vast regions watered by the southern tributaries of the Senegal and Niger
rivers. This ceaseless activity met with its reward. Great Britain found
herself compelled to acknowledge accomplished facts and to conclude
agreements with France, which left her colonies mere coast patches, with a
very limited extension towards the interior. On the 10th of August 1889 an
agreement was signed by which the Gambia colony and protectorate was confined
to a narrow strip of territory on both banks of the river for about 200 m.
from the sea. In June 1882 and in August 1889 provisional agreements were
made with France fixing the western and northern limits of Sierra Leone, and
commissioners were appointed to trace the line of demarcation agreed upon by
the two governments. But the commissioners failed to agree, and on the 21st
of January 1895 a fresh agreement was made, the boundary being subsequently
traced by a mixed commission. Sierra Leone, as now definitely constituted,
has a coast-line of about 180 m. and a maximum extension towards the interior
of some 200 m.
At the date of the Berlin conference the present colonies of Southern Nigeria
and the Gold Coast constituted a single colony under the title of the Gold
Coast colony, but on the 13th of January 1886 the territory comprised under
that title was erected into two separate colonies—Lagos and the Gold Coast
(the name of the former being changed in February 1906 to the colony of
Southern Nigeria). The coast limits of the new Gold Coast colony were
declared to extend from 5 deg. W. to 2 deg. E., but these limits were
subsequently curtailed by agreements with France and Germany. The
arrangements that fixed the eastern frontier of the Gold Coast colony and its
hinterland have already been stated in connexion with German Togoland. On the
western frontier it marches with the French colony of the Ivory Coast, and in
July 1893, after an unsuccessful attempt to achieve the same end by an
agreement concluded in 1889, the frontier was defined from the neighbourhood
of the Tano lagoon and river of the same name, to the 9th degree of north
latitude. In August 1896, following the destruction of the Ashanti power and
the deportation of King Prempeh, as a result of the second Ashanti campaign,
a British protectorate was declared over the whole of the Ashanti territories
and a resident was installed at Kumasi. But no northern limit had been fixed
by the 1893 agreement beyond the 9th parallel, and the countries to the
north—Gurunsi (Grusi), Mossi and Gurma—-were entered from all sides by rival
British, French and German expeditions. The conflicting claims established by
these rival expeditions may, however, best be considered in connexion with
the struggle for supremacy on the middle Niger and in the Chad region, to
which it is now necessary to turn.
A few days before the meeting of the Berlin conference Sir George Goldie had
succeeded in buying up all the French interests on the lower Niger. The
British company's influence had at that date been extended by treaties with
the native chiefs up the main Niger stream to its junction with the Benue,
and some distance along this latter river But the great Fula states of the
central Sudan were still outside European influence, and this fact did not
escape attention in Germany. German merchants had been settled for some years
on the coast, and one of them, E. R. Flegel, had displayed great interest in,
and activity on, the river. He recognized that in the densely populated
states of the middle Niger, Sokoto and Gando, and in Bornu to the west of
Lake Chad, there was a magnificent field for Germany's new-born colonizing
zeal. The German African Company14 and the German Colonial Society listened
eagerly to Flegel's proposals, and in April 1885 he left Berlin on a mission
to the Fula states of Sokoto and Gando. But it was impossible to keep his
intentions entirely secret, and the (British) National African Company had no
desire to see the French rivals, whom they had with so much difficulty
dislodged from the river, replaced by the even more troublesome German.
Accordingly Joseph Thomson, the young Scottish explorer, was sent out to the
Niger, and had the satisfaction of concluding on the 1st of June 1885 a
treaty with ``Umoru, King of the Mussulmans of the Sudan and Sultan of
Sokoto,'' which practically secured the whole of the trading rights and the
control of the sultan's foreign relations to the British company. Thomson
concluded a similar treaty with the sultan of Gando, so as to provide against
the possibility of its being alleged that Gando was an independent state and
not subject to the suzerainty of the sultan of Sokoto. As Thomson descended
the river with his treaties, he met Flegel going up the river, with bundles
of German flags and presents for the chiefs. The German government continued
its efforts to secure a footing on the lower Niger until the fall of Prince
Bismarck from power in March 1890, when opposition ceased, and on the failure
of the half-hearted attempt made later to establish relations with Gando from
Togoland, Germany dropped out of the competition for the
                      The Niger Company granted a charter.                      
western Sudan and left the field to France and Great Britain. After its first
great success the National African Company renewed its efforts to obtain a
charter from the British government, and on the 10th of July 1886 the charter
was granted, and the company became ``The Royal Niger Company, chartered and
limited.'' In June of the previous year a British protectorate had been
proclaimed Over the whole of the coast from the Rio del Rey to the Lagos
frontier, and as already stated, on the 13th of January 1886 the Lagos
settlements had been separated from the Gold Coast and erected into a
separate colony. It may be convenient to state here that the western boundary
of Lagos with French territory (Dahomey) was determined in the Anglo-French
agreement of the 10th of August 1889, ``as far as the 9th degree of north
latitude, where it shall stop.'' Thus both in the Gold Coast hinterland and
in the Lagos hinterland a door was left wide open to the north of the 9th
Notwithstanding her strenuous efforts, France, in her advance down the Niger
from Senegal, did not succeed in reaching Sego on the upper Niger, a
considerable distance above Timbuktu, until the winter of 1890-1891, and the
rapid advance of British influence up the river raised serious fears lest the
Royal Niger Company should reach Timbuktu before France could forestall her.
It was, no doubt, this consideration that induced the French government to
consent to the insertion in the agreement of the 5th of August 1890, by which
Great Britain recognized France's protectorate over Madagascar, of the
following article:
The Government of Her Britannic Majesty recognizes the sphere of influence of
France to the south of her Mediterranean possessions up to a line from Say on
the Niger to Barrua on Lake Chad, drawn m such a manner as to comprise in the
sphere of action of the Niger Company all that fairly belongs to the kingdom
of Sokoto; the line to be determined by the commissioners to be appointed.
The commissioners never were in fact appointed, and the proper meaning to be
attached to this article subsequently became a subject of bitter controversy
between the two countries. An examination of the map of West Africa will show
what possibilities of trouble were left open at the end of 1890 by the
various agreements concluded up to that date. From Say on the Niger to where
the Lagos frontier came to an abrupt stop in 9 deg. N. there was no boundary
line between the French and British spheres of influence. To the north of the
Gold Coast and of the French Ivory Coast colony the way was equally open to
Great Britain and to France, while the vagueness of the Say-Barrua line left
an opening of which France was quick to avail herself. Captain P. L. Monteil,
who was despatched by the French government to West Africa in 1890,
immediately after the conclusion of the August agreement, did not hesitate to
pass well to the south of the Say-Barrua line, and to attempt to conclude
treaties with chiefs who were, beyond all question, within the British
sphere. Still farther south, on the Benue river, the two expeditions of
Lieutenant Mizon—in 1890 and 1892—failed to do any real harm to British
interests. In 1892 an event happened which had an important bearing on the
future course of the dispute.
                            French advance Timbuktu.                            
After a troublesome war with Behanzin king of to the native state of Dahomey,
France annexed some portion of Dahomeyan territory on the coast, and declared
a protectorate over the rest of the kingdom. Thus was removed the barrier
which had up to that time prevented France from pushing her way Nigerwards
from her possessions on the Slave Coast, as well as from the upper Niger and
the Ivory Coast. Henceforth her progress from all these directions was rapid,
and in particular Timbuktu was occupied in the last days of 1893.
In 1894 it appears to have been suddenly realized in France that, for the
development of the vast regions which she was placing under her protection in
West Africa, it was extremely desirable that she should obtain free access to
the navigable portions of the Niger, if not on the left bank, from which she
was excluded by the Say-Barrua agreement, then on the right bank, where the
frontier had still to be fixed by international agreement. In the
neighbourhood of Bussa there is a long stretch of the river so impeded by
rapids that navigation is practically impossible, except in small boats and
at considerable risk. Below these rapids France had no foothold on the river,
both banks from Bussa to the sea being within the British sphere. In 1890 the
Royal Niger Company had concluded a treaty with the emir and chiefs of Bussa
(or Borgu); but the French declared that the real paramount chief of Borgu
was not the king of Bussa, but the king of Nikki, and three expeditions were
despatched in hot haste to Nikki to take the king under French protection.
Sir George Goldie, however, was not to be baffled. While maintaining the
validity of the earlier treaty with Bussa, he despatched Captain (afterwards
General Sir) F.D. Lugard to Nikki, and Lugard was successful in distancing
all his French competitors by several days, reaching Nikki on the 5th of
November 1894 and concluding a treaty with the king and chiefs. The French
expeditions, which were in great strength, did not hesitate on their arrival
to compel the king to execute fresh treaties with France, and with these in
their possession they returned to Dahomey. Shortly afterwards a fresh act of
aggression was committed. On the 13th of February 1895 a French officer,
Commandant Toutee, arrived on the right bank of the Niger opposite Bajibo and
built a fort. His presence there was notified to the Royal Niger Company, who
protested to the British government against this invasion of their territory.
Lord Rosebery, who was then foreign minister, at once made inquiries in
Paris, and received the assurance that Commandant Toutee was ``a private
traveller.'' Eventually Commandant Toutee was ordered to withdraw, and the
fort was occupied by the Royal Niger Company's troops. Commandant Toutee
subsequently published the official instructions from the French government
under which he had acted. It was thought that the recognition of the British
claims, involved in the withdrawal of Commandant Toutee, had marked the final
abandonment by France of the attempt to establish herself on the navigable
portions of the Niger below Bussa, but in 1897 the attempt was renewed in the
most determined manner. In February of that year a French force suddenly
occupied Bussa, and this act was quickly followed by the occupation of Gomba
and Illo higher up the river. In November 1897 Nikki was occupied. The
situation on the Niger had so obviously been outgrowing the capacity of a
chartered company that for some time before these occurrences the assumption
of responsibility for the whole of the Niger region
                     The Franco-British settlement of 1898.                     
by the imperial authorities had been practically decided on; and early in
1898 Lugard was sent out to the Niger with a number of imperial officers to
raise a local force in preparation for the contemplated change. The advance
of the French forces from the south and west was the signal for an advance of
British troops from the Niger, from Lagos and from the Gold Coast
protectorate. The situation thus created was extremely serious. The British
and French flags were flying in close proximity, in some cases in the same
village. Meanwhile the diplomatists were busy in London and in Paris, and in
the latter capital a commission sat for many months to adjust the conflicting
claims. Fortunately, by the tact and forbearance of the officers on both
sides, no local incident occurred to precipitate a collision, and on the 14th
of June 1898 a convention was signed by Sir Edmund Monson and M. G. Hanotaux
which practically completed the partition of this part of the continent.
The settlement effected was in the nature of a compromise. France withdrew
from Bussa, Gomba and Illo, the frontier line west of the Niger being drawn
from the 9th parallel to a point ten miles, as the crow flies, above Giri,
the port of Illo. France was thus shut out from the navigable portion of the
middle and lower Niger; but for purely commercial purposes Great Britain
agreed to lease to France two small plots of land on the river-the one on the
right bank between Leaba and the mouth of the Moshi river, the other at one
of the mouths of the Niger. By accepting this line Great Britain abandoned
Nikki and a great part of Borgu as well as some part of Gando to France. East
of the Niger the Say-Barrua line was modified in favour of France, which
gained parts of both Sokoto and Bornu where they meet the southern edge of
the Sahara. In the Gold Coast hinterland the French withdrew from Wa, and
Great Britain abandoned all claim to Mossi, though the capital of the latter
country, together with a further extensive area in the territory assigned to
both powers, was declared to be equally free, so far as trade and navigation
were concerned, to the subjects and protected persons of both nationalities.
The western boundary of the Gold Coast was prolonged along the Black Volta as
far as latitude 11 deg. N., and this parallel was followed with slight
deflexions to the Togoland frontier. In consequence of the acute crisis which
shortly afterwards occurred between France and Great Britain on the upper
Nile, the ratification of this agreement was delayed until after the
conclusion of the Fashoda agreement of March 1899 already referred to. In
1900 the two patches on the Niger leased to France were selected by
commissioners representing the two countries, and in the same year the Anglo-
French frontier from Lagos to the west bank of the Niger was delimited.
East of the Niger the frontier, even as modified in 1898, failed to satisfy
the French need for a practicable route to Lake Chad, and in the convention
of the 8th of April 1904, to which reference has been made under Egypt and
Morocco, it was
                         Further concessions to France.                         
agreed, as part of the settlement of the French shore question in
Newfoundland, to deflect the frontier line more to the south. The new
boundary was described at some length, but provision was made for its
modification in points of detail on the return of the commissioners engaged
in surveying the frontier region. In 1906 an agreement was reached on all
points, and the frontier at last definitely settled, sixteen years after the
Say-Barrua line had been fixed. This revision of the Niger-Chad frontier did
not, however, represent the only territorial compensation received by France
in West Africa in connexion with the settlement of the Newfoundland question.
By the same convention of April 1904 the British government consented to
modify the frontier between Senegal and the Gambia colony ``so as to give to
France Yarbutenda and the lands and landing-places belonging to that
locality,'' and further agreed to cede to France the tiny group of islands
off the coast of French Guinea known as the Los Islands.
Meantime the conclusion of the 1898 convention had left both the British and
the French governments free to devote increased attention to the subdivision
and control of their West African possessions. On the 1st of January 1900 the
imperial authorities assumed direct responsibility for the whole of the
territories of the Royal Niger Company, which became henceforth a purely
commercial undertaking. The Lagos protectorate was extended northwards; the
Niger Coast protectorate, likewise with extended frontiers, became Southern
Nigeria; while the greater part of the territories formerly administered by
the company were constituted into the protectorate of Northern Nigeria—all
three administrations being directly under the Colonial Office In February
1906 the administration of the Southern Nigerian protectorate was placed
under that of Lagos at the same time as the name of the latter was changed to
the Colony of Southern Nigeria, this being a step towards the eventual
              Organization of the British and French protectorates.              
amalgamation of all three dependencies under one governor or governor-
general. In French West Africa changes in the internal frontiers have been
numerous and important. The coast colonies have all been increased in size at
the expense of the French Sudan, which has vanished from the maps as an
administrative entity. There are carved out of the territories comprised in
what is officially known as French West Africa five colonies—Senegal, French
Guinea, the Ivory Coast, Dahomey and the Upper Senegal and Niger, this last
being entirely cut off from the sea—and the civil territory of Mauritania. To
the colony of the Upper Senegal and Niger is attached the military territory
of the Niger, embracing the French Sahara up to the limit of the Algerian
sphere of influence. Not only are all these divisions of French West Africa
connected territorially, but administratively they are united under a
governor-general. Similarly the French Congo territories have been divided
into three colonies—the Gabun, the Middle Congo and the Ubangi-Shari-Chad—all
united administratively under a commissioner-general.
There are, around the coast, numerous islands or groups of islands, which are
regarded by geographers as outliers of the
                        Ownership of the African Islands.                        
African mainland. The majority of these African islands were occupied by one or
other of the European powers long before the period of continental partition.
The Madeira Islands to the west of Morocco, the Bissagos Islands, off the
Guinea coast, and Prince's Island and St Thomas' Island, in the Gulf of Guinea,
are Portuguese possessions of old standing; while in the Canary Islands and
Fernando Po Spain possesses remnants of her ancient colonial empire which are a
more valuable asset than any she has acquired in recent times on the mainland.
St Helena in the Atlantic, Mauritius and some small groups north of Madagascar
in the Indian Ocean, are British possessions acquired long before the opening
of the last quarter of the 19th century. Zanzibar, Pemba and some smaller
islands which the sultan was allowed to retain were, as has already been
stated, placed under British protection in 1890, and the island of Sokotra was
placed under the ``gracious favour and protection'' of Great Britain on the
23rd of April 1886. France's ownership of Reunion dates back to the 17th 
century, but the Comoro archipelago was not placed under French protection until
April 1886. None of these islands, with the exception of the Zanzibar group,
have, however, materially affected the partition of the continent, and they
need not be enumerated in the table which follows. But the important island of
Madagascar stands in a different category, both on account of its size and
because it was during the period under review that it passed through the
various stages which led to its becoming a French colony. The first step was
the placing of the foreign relations of the island under French control, which
was effected by the treaty of the 17th of December 1885, after the
Franco-Malagasy war that had broken out in 1883. In 1890 Great Britain and
Germany recognized a French protectorate over the island, but the Hova
government declined to acquiesce in this view, and in May 1895 France sent an
expedition to enforce her claims. The capital was occupied on the 30th of
September in the same year, and on the day following Queen Ranavalona signed a
convention recognizing the French protectorate. In January 1896 the island was
declared a French possession, and on the 6th of August was declared to be a
French colony. In February 1897 the last vestige of ancient rule was swept away
by the deportation of the queen.
Thus in its broad outlines the partition of Africa was begun and ended in the
short space of a quarter of a century. There are still many finishing touches
to be put to the structure. The southern frontiers of Morocco and Tripoli
remain undefined, while the mathematical lines by which the spheres of
influence of the powers were separated one from the other are being variously
modified on the do ut des principle as they come to be surveyed and as the
effective occupation of the continent progresses. Much labour is necessary
before the actual area of Africa and its subdivisions can be accurately
determined, but in the following table the figures are at least approximately
correct. Large areas of the spheres assigned to different European powers
have still to be brought under European control; but this work is advancing
by rapid strides.
Cape Colony  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276,995
Natal and Zululand . . . . . . . . . . .  35,371
Basutoland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10,293
Bechuanaland Protectorate  . . . . . . . 225,000
Transvaal and Swaziland  . . . . . . . . 117,732
Orange River Colony  . . . . . . . . . .  50,392
Rhodesia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450,000
Nyasaland Protectorate . . . . . . . . .  43,608
British East Africa Protectorate . . . . 240,000
Uganda Protectorate  . . . . . . . . . . 125,000
Zanzibar Protectorate  . . . . . . . . .   1,020
Somaliland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  68,000
Northern Nigeria   . . . . . . . . . . . 258,000
Southern Nigeria (colony and protectorate) 80,000
Gold Coast and hinterland  . . . . .  82,000
Sierre Leone (colony and protectorate) .  34,000
Gambia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4,000
Total British Africa . . . . . . . 2,101,411
Egypt and Libyan Desert  . . . . . . . . 650,000
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan . . . . . . . . . . 950,000
Algeria and Algerian Sahara  . . . . . . 945,000
Tunisia  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  51,000
French West Africa—
Senegal  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  74,000
French Guinea  . . . . . . . . . . . . 107,000
Ivory Coast  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,000
Dahomey  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  40,000
Upper Senegal and Niger, and
Mauritania (including French West
African Sahara)  . . . . 1,581,000 1,931,000
French Congo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700,000
French Somaliland  . . . . . . . . . . .  12,000
Madagascar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227,950
Total French Africa  . . . . . . . 3,866,950
East Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364,000
South.West Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . 322,450
Cameroon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190,000
Togoland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33,700
Total German Africa  . . . . . . . . 910,150
Eritrea  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  60,000
Somaliland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140,000
Total Italian Africa . . . . . . . . 200,000
Guinea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14,000
West Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480,000
East Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293,500
Total Portuguese Africa  . . . . . . 787,500
Rio de Oro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70,000
Muni River Settlements . . . . . . . . . . 9,800
Total Spanish Africa . . . . . . . . 79,800
Congo State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 900,000
Tripoli and Benghazi  . . . . . . . . . . 400,000
Liberia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43,000
Morocco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,000
Abyssinia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350,000
Total Independent Africa  . . . . . . 613,000
Thus, collecting the totals, the result of the ``scramble'' has been to
divide Africa among the powers as follows:—
Sq. m.
British Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,101,411
Egyptian Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,600,000
French Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,866,950
German Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 910,150
Italian Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200,000
Portuguese Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . 787,500
Spanish Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79,800
Belgian Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 900,000
Turkish Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 400,000
Independent Africa  . . . . . . . . . . . 613,000
(J. S. K.)
1.     Commercial treaties between Carthage and Rome were made in the 6th and
5th centuries B.C.. The first armed conflict between the rival powers, begun
in 264 B.C., was a contest for the possession of Sicily.
2.     This river was called by the Portuguese the Zaire. They appear to have
made no attempt to trace its course beyond the rapids which stop navigation
from the sea.
3.     France acquired, as stations for her ships on the voyage to and from
India, settlements in Madagascar and the neighbouring islands. The first
settlement was made in 1642.
4.     The Association, in 1831, was merged in the Royal Geographical Society.
5.     The Mamelukes, whom the Turks had overthrown in the 16th century, had
regained practically independent power.
6.     In imitation of the British example, an American society founded in
1822 the negro colony (now republic) of Liberia.
7.     The first territorial acquisition made by Great Britain in this region
was in 1851, when Lagos Island was annexed.
8.     As early as 1848 an Arab from Zanzibar journeying across the continent
had arrived at Benguella.
9.     Another great traveller of this stamp was Wilhelm Junker, who spent
the greater part of the period 1875-1886 in the east central Sudan.
10.  Specially appointed to consider West African affairs.
11.  See the tables in Behm and Wagner's Bevolkerung der Erde (Gotha, 1872).
12.  in 1887 this society united with the German Colonial Society, an
organization founded in 1882. The united society took the title of the German
Colonial Company.
13.  At this period negotiations between Great Britain and Italy had begun
but were not concluded.
14.  This association, formed in 1878 by a union of associations primarily
intended for the exploration of Africa, ceased to exist in 1891.
                      VI. EXPLORATION AND SURVEY SINCE 1875                      
In giving the history of the partition of the continent, the later work of
exploration, except where, as in the case of de Brazza's expeditions, it had
direct political consequences, has of necessity not been told. The results
achieved during and after the period of partition may now be indicated.
Stanley's great journey down the Congo in 1875-1876 initiated a new era in
African exploration. The numbers of travellers soon became so great that the
once marvellous feat of crossing the continent from sea to sea became common.
With increased knowledge and much ampler means of communication trans-African
travel now presents few difficulties. While d'Anville and other cartographers
of the 18th century, by omitting all that was uncertain, had left a great
blank on the map, the work accomplished since 1875 has filled it with
authentic topographical details. Moreover surveys of high accuracy have been
made at several points. As the work of exploration and survey progressed
journeys of startling novelty became impossible—save in the eastern Sahara,
where the absence of water and boundless wastes of sand render exploration
more difficult, perhaps, than in any other region of the globe. Within their
respective spheres of influence each power undertook detailed surveys, and
the most solid of the latest accessions to knowledge have resulted from the
labours of hard-working colonial officials toiling individually in obscurity.
Their work it is impossible here to recognize adequately; the following lines
record only the more obvious achievements. The relation of the Congo basin to
the neighbouring river systems was brought out by the journeys of many
travellers. In 1877 an important expedition was sent out by the Portuguese
government under Serpa Pinto, Brito Capello and Roberto
                               Work in the Congo.                               
Ivens for the exploration of the interior of Angola. The first named made his
way by the head-streams of the Kubango to the upper Zambezi, which he descended
to the Victoria Falls, proceeding thence to Pretoria and Durban. Capello and
Ivens confined their attention to the south-west Congo basin, where they
disproved the existence of Lake Aquilunda, which had figured on the maps of
that region since the 16th century. In a later journey (1884- 1885)
Capello and Ivens crossed the continent from Mossamedes to the mouth of the
Zambezi, adding considerably to the knowledge of the borderlands between the
upper Congo and the upper Zambezi. More important results were obtained by the
German travellers Paul Pogge and Hermann von Wissmann, who (1880-1882) passed
through previously unknown regions beyond Muata Yanvo's kingdom, and reached
the upper Congo at Nyangwe, whence Wissmann made his way to the east coast. In
1884-1885 a German expedition under Wissmann solved the most important
geographical problem relating to the southern Congo basin by descending the
Kasai, the largest southern tributary, which, contrary to expectation, proved
to unite with the Kwango and other streams before joining the main river.
Further additions to the knowledge of the Congo tributaries were made at the
same time by the Rev. George Grenfell, a Baptist missionary, who (accompanied
in 1885 by K. von Francois) made several voyages in the steamer ``Peace,''
especially up the great Ubangi, ultimately proved to be the lower course of the
Welle, discovered in 1870 by Schweinfurth.
In East as in West Africa operations were started by agents of the Belgian
committee, but with less success than on the Congo.
                             Opening up East Africa.                             
The first new journey of importance on this side was made (1878-1880) on
behalf of the British African Exploration Committee by Joseph Thomson, who
after the death of his leader, Keith Johnston, made his way from the coast to
the north end of Nyasa, thence to Tanganyika, on both sides of which he broke
new ground, sighting the north end of Lake Rukwa on the east. In 1882-1884
the French naval lieutenant Victor Giraud proceeded by the north of Nyasa to
Lake Bangweulu, of which he made the first fairly correct map. North of the
Zanzibar-Tanganyika route a large area of new ground was opened in 1883-1884
by Joseph Thomson, who traversed the whole length of the Masai country to
Lake Baringo and Victoria Nyanza, shedding the first clear light on the great
East African rift-valley and neighbouring highlands, including Mounts Kenya
and Elgon. A great advance in the region between Victoria Nyanza and
Abyssinia was made in 1887-1889 by the Austrians, Count Samuel Teleki and
Lieut. Ludwig von Hohnel, who discovered the large Basso Norok, now known as
Lake Rudolf, till then only vaguely indicated on the map as Samburu. At this
time Somaliland was being opened up by English and Italian travellers. In
1883 the brothers F. L. and W. D. James penetrated from Berbera to the Webi
Shebeli; in 1892 Vittorio Bottego (afterwards murdered in the Abyssinian
highlands) started from Berbera and reached the upper Juba, which he explored
to its source. The first person, however, to cross from the Gulf of Aden to
the Indian Ocean was an American, A. Donaldson Smith, who in 1894-1895
explored the headstreams of the Webi Shebeli and also explored the Omo, the
feeder of Lake Rudolf.
In the region north-west of Victoria Nyanza the greatest additions to
geographical knowledge were made by H. M. Stanley in his last expedition,
undertaken for the relief of Emin Pasha. The expedition set out in 1887 by
way of the Congo to carry supplies to the governor of the old Egyptian
Equatorial province. The route lay up the Aruwimi, the principal tributary of
the Congo from the north-east, by which the expedition made its way,
encountering immense difficulties, through the great equatorial forest, the
character and extent of which were thus for the first time brought to light.
The return was made to the east coast, and resulted in the discovery of the
great snowy range of Ruwenzori or Runsoro, and the confirmation of the
existence of a third Nile lake discharging its waters into the Albert Nyanza
by the Semliki river. A further discovery was that of a large bay, hitherto
unsuspected, forming the south-west corner of the Victoria Nyanza.
Great activity was also displayed in completing the work of earlier explorers
in North and West Africa. Morocco was in
                      Expeditions in North and West Africa.                      
1883-1884 the scene of important explorations by de Foucauld, a Frenchman
who, disguised as a Jew, crossed and re-crossed the Atlas and supplied the
first trustworthy information as to the orography of many parts of the chain.
In 1887-1889 Louis Gustave Binger, a French officer, made a great journey
through the countries enclosed in the Niger bend, and in 1890-1892 Col. P. F.
Monteil went from St Louis to Say, on the Niger, thence through Sokoto to
Bornu and Lake Chad, whence he crossed the Sahara to Tripoli. Meantime
explorers had been busy in the region between Lake Chad, the Gulf of Guinea
and the Congo. The Sanga, one of the principal northern tributaries of the
Congo, was reached from the north by Lieut. Louis Mizon, a French naval
officer, who drew the first line of communication between the Benue and the
Congo (1890-1892). In 1890 Paul Crampel, who in the previous year had
explored north of the Ogowe, undertook a great expedition from the Ubangi to
the Shari, but was attacked and killed, with several of his companions, on
the borders of the Bagirmi. Several other expeditions followed, and in 1806
Emile Gentil reached the Shari, launched a steamer on its waters and pushed
on to Lake Chad. Early in 1900 Lake Chad was also reached by F. Foureau, a
French traveller, who had already devoted twelve years to the exploration of
the Sahara and who on this occasion had crossed the desert from Algeria and
had reached the lake via Air and Zinder.
The last ten years of the 19th century also witnessed many interesting
expeditions in east Central Africa. In 1891 Emin
                    Lakes and mountains of Equatorial Africa.                    
Pasha, accompanied by Dr F. Stuhlmann, made his way south of Victoria Nyanza
to the western Nile lakes, visiting for the first time the southern and
western shores of Albert Edward. Stuhlmann also ascended the Ruwenzori range
to a height of over 13,000 ft. In the same year Dr O. Baumann, who had
already done good work in Usambara, near the coast, started on a more
extended journey through the region of steppes between Kilimanjaro and
Victoria Nyanza, afterwards exploring the headstreams of the Kagera, the
ultimate sources of the Nile. In the steppe region referred to he discovered
two new lakes, Manyara and Eiassi, occupying parts of the East African valley
system. This region was again traversed in 1893-1894 by Count von Gotzen, who
continued his route westwards to Lake Kivu, north of Tanganyika, which,
though heard of by Speke over thirty years before, had never yet been
visited. He also reached for the first time the line of volcanic peaks north
of Kivu, one of which he ascended, afterwards crossing the great equatorial
forest by a new route to the Congo and the west coast. Valuable scientific
work was done in 1893 by Dr J.W. Gregory, who ascended Mount Kenya to a
height of 16,000 ft. In 1893-1894 Scott Elliot reached Ruwenzori by way of
Uganda, returning by Tanganyika and Nyasa, and in 1896 C. W. Hobley made the
circuit of the great mountain Elgon, north-east of Victoria Nyanza. In 1899
Mount Kenya was ascended to its summit by a party under H. J. Mackinder. The
exploration of Mount Kilimanjaro has been the special work of Dr Hans Meyer,
who first directed his attention to it in 1887.
The region south of Abyssinia proper and north of Lake Rudolf, being largely
the basin of the Sobat tributary of the Nile, was traversed by several
explorers, among whom may be mentioned Capt. M. S. Wellby, who in 1898-1899
explored the chain of small lakes in south-east Abyssinia, pushed on to Lake
Rudolf, and thence traversed hitherto unknown country to the lower Sobat.
Donaldson Smith crossed from Berbera to the Nile by Lake Rudolf in 1899-1900,
and Major H. H. Austin commanded two survey parties between the Anglo-
Egyptian Sudan and Lake Rudolf during 1899-1901. Meantime in south Central
Africa the Barotse country had been partly made known by the missionary F.
Coillard, who settled there in 1884, while the middle and upper Zambezi basin
were scientifically explored and mapped by Major A. St H. Gibbons and his
assistants in 1895-1896 and 1898-1900. In the same period the Congo-Zambezi
watershed was traced by a Belgian officer, Capt. C. Lemaire, who had ascended
one of the upper tributaries of the Kasai.
In the early years of the 19th century the first recorded crossing of Africa
took place. That crossing and all subsequent crossings had been made either
from west to east or east to west. The first journey through the whole length
of the continent was accomplished in the two last years of the century when a
young Englishman, E. S. Grogan, starting from Cape Town reached the
Mediterranean by way of the Zambezi, the central line of lakes and the Nile.
Other travellers followed in Grogan's footsteps, among the first, Major
Additions to topographical knowledge were made from about 1890 onwards by the
international commissions which traced
            Work of international commissions and surveying parties.            
the frontiers of the protectorates of the European powers. On several occasions
the labours of the commissions disclosed errors of importance in the maps upon
which international agreements had been based. Among those which yielded
valuable results were the Anglo-French commission which in 1903 traced the
Nigerian frontier from the Niger to Lake Chad, and the Anglo-German commission
which in 1903-1904 fixed the Cameroon boundary between Yola, on the Benue, and
Lake Chad. These expeditions and French surveys in the same region during
1902-1903 resulted in the discovery that Lake Chad had greatly decreased in
area since the middle of the 19th century. In 1903 a French officer,
Capt. E. Lenfant, succeeded in establishing the fact of a connexion between the
Niger and Chad basins. Subsequently Lenfant explored the western basin of the
Shari, determining (1907) the true upper branch of that river.
In East Africa a German-Congolese commission surveyed (1901-1902) Lake Kivu
and the volcanic region north of the lake, R. Kandt making a special study of
Kivu and the Kagera sources, while the Anglo-German boundary commission of
1902-1904 surveyed the valley of the lower Kagera, and fixed the exact
position of Albert Edward Nyanza. Much new information concerning the border-
lands of British East Africa and Abyssinia between Lake Rudolf and the lower
Juba was obtained by the survey executed in 1902-1903 by a British officer,
Captain P. Maud.
While political requirements led to the exact determination of frontiers,
administrative needs forced the governments concerned to take in hand the
survey of the countries under their protection. Before the close of the first
decade of the 20th century tolerably accurate maps had been made of
the German colonies, of a considerable part of West Africa, the Algerian Sahara
and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, mainly by military officers. A British naval
officer, Commander B. Whitehouse, mapped the entire coastdine of Victoria
Nyanza. Government and railway surveys apart, the chief points of interest for
explorers during 1904-1906 were the Ruwenzori range and the connexion of the
basin of Lake Chad with the Niger and Congo systems. Lieut. Boyd Alexander was
the leader of a party which during the years named surveyed Lake Chad and a
considerable part of eastern Nigeria, returning to England via the Shari, the
Ubangi and the Nile. Two members of the party, Capt. Claud Alexander and Capt.
G. B. Gosling, died during the expedition. The Ruwenzori Mountains proved a
great source of attraction. Sir H. H. Johnston had in 1900 ascended beyond the
snow-line to 14,800 ft.; in 1903 Dr J. J. David had reached from the west to a
height he believed to exceed 16,000 ft.; and in the same year Capt. T. T.
Behrens, of the Anglo-German Uganda boundary commission, fixed the highest
summit at 16,619 ft. During 1904-1906 some half-dozen expeditions were at work
in the region. That of the duke of the Abruzzi was the most successful. In the
summer of 1906 the duke or members of his party climbed all the highest peaks,
none of which reaches 17,000 ft., and determined the main lines of the
watershed. Major Powell-Cotton, a British officer who had previously done good
work in Abyssinia and British East Africa, spent 1905-1906 in a detailed
examination of the Lado enclave and the country west of Ruwenzori and Albert
and Albert Edward lakes. This expedition was specially fruitful in additions to
zoological knowledge.
Archaeological research, stimulated by the reports of Thomas Shaw, British
consular chaplain at Algiers in 1719- 1731, by James Bruce's exploration,
1765-1767, of the ruins in Barbary, and by the French conquest of Egypt in
1798, has been systematically carried out in North Africa since the middle of
the 19th century (see EGYPT and AFRICA, ROMAN.) In South Africa the first
thorough examination of the ruins in Rhodesia was made in 1905, when Randall-
MacIver demonstrated that the great Zimbabwe and similar buildings were of
medieval or post-medieval origin. (F. R. C.)
                       VII. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS                       
The eagerness with which the nations of western Europe partitioned Africa
between them was due, as has been seen, more to the necessities of commerce
than to mere land hunger. Yet, except in the north and south temperate
regions, the commercial intercourse of the continent with the rest of the
world had been until the closing years of the 19th century of insignificant
proportions. In addition to slaves, furnished by the continent from the
earliest times, a certain amount of gold and ivory was exported from the
tropical regions, but no other product supplied the material for a
flourishing trade with those parts. To their Asiatic and European invaders
the Africans indeed owed many creature comforts—the introduction of maize,
rice, the sugar cane, the orange, the lemon and the lime, cloves, tobacco and
many other vegetable products, the camel, the horse and other animals—but
invaluable to Africa as were these gifts they led to little development of
commerce. The continent continued in virtual isolation from the great trade
movements of the
                              Causes of isolation.                              
world, an isolation due not so much to its poverty in natural resources, as
to the special circumstances which likewise caused so large a part of the
continent to remain so long a terra incognita. The principal drawbacks may be
summarized as: (1) the absence of means of communication with the interior;
(2) the unhealthiness of the coast-lands; (3) the small productive activity
of the natives; (4) the effects of the slave trade in discouraging legitimate
commerce. None of these causes is necessarily permanent, that most difficult
to remove being the third; the negro races finding the means of existence
easy have little incentive to toil. The first drawback has almost
disappeared, and the building of railways and the placing of steamers on the
rivers and lakes—a work continually progressing —renders it year by year
easier for producer and consumer to come together. As to the second
drawback, while the coast-lands in the tropics will always remain
comparatively unhealthy, improved sanitation and the destruction of the
malarial mosquito have rendered tolerable to Europeans regions formerly
notorious for their deadly climate.
At various periods since the partition of the continent began, united action
has been taken by the powers of Europe in the interests of African trade. The
Berlin conference of 1884-1885 decreed freedom of navigation and trade on the
Congo and the Niger, and the Anglo-Portuguese treaty of 1891 secured like
privileges for the Zambezi. The Berlin conference likewise enacted that over
a wide area of Central Africa—the conventional basin of the Congo—there
should be complete freedom of trade, a freedom which later on was held to be
infringed in the Congo State and French Congo by the granting to various
companies proprietary rights in the disposal of the product of the soil. More
important in their effect on the economic condition of the continent than the
steps taken to ensure freedom of trade were the measures concerted by the
powers for the suppression of the slave trade. The British government had for
long borne the greater part of the burden of combating the slave trade on the
east coast of Africa and in the Indian Ocean, but the changed conditions
which resulted from the appearance of other European powers in Africa induced
Lord Salisbury, then foreign secretary, to address, in the autumn of 1888, an
invitation to the king of the Belgians to take the initiative in inviting a
conference of the powers at Brussels to concert measures for ``the gradual
suppression of the
                         Suppression of the slave trade.                         
slave trade on the continent of Africa, and the immediate closing of all the
external markets which it still supplies.'' The conference assembled in
November 1889, and on the 2nd of July 1890 a general act was signed subject
to the ratification of the various governments represented, ratification
taking place subsequently at different dates, and in the case of France with
certain reservations. The general act began with a declaration of the means
which the powers were of opinion might be most effectually adopted for
``putting an end to the crimes and devastations engendered by the traffic in
African slaves, protecting effectively the aboriginal populations of Africa,
and ensuring for that vast continent the benefits of peace and
civilization.'' It proceeded to lay down certain rules and regulations of a
practical character on the lines suggested. The act covers a wide field, and
includes no fewer than a hundred separate articles. It established a zone
``between the 20th parallel of north latitude, and the 22nd parallel of south
latitude, and extending westward to the Atlantic and eastward to the Indian
Ocean and its dependencies, comprising the islands adjacent to the coast as
far as 100 nautical miles from the shore,'' within which the importation of
firearms and ammunition was forbidden except in certain specified cases, and
within which also the powers undertook either to prohibit altogether the
importation and manufacture of spirituous liquors, or to impose duties not
below an agreed-on minimum.1 An elaborate series of rules was framed for the
prevention of the transit of slaves by sea, the conditions on which European
powers were to grant to natives the right to fly the flag of the protecting
power, and regulating the procedure connected with the right of search on
vessels flying a foreign flag. The Brussels Act was in effect a joint
declaration by the signatory powers of their joint and several responsibility
towards the African native, and notwithstanding the fact that many of its
articles have proved difficult, if not impossible, of enforcement, the solemn
engagement taken by Europe in the face of the world has undoubtedly exercised
a material influence on the action of several of the powers. Moreover, with
the increase of means of communication and the extension of effective
European control, slave-raiding in the interior was largely checked and
inter-tribal wars prevented, the natives being thus given security in the
pursuit of trade and agriculture.
Other important factors in the economic as well as the social conditions of
Africa are the advance in civilization made by the natives in several regions
and the increase of the areas found suitable for white colonization. The
advance in civilization among the natives, exemplified by the granting to
them of political rights in such countries as Algeria and Cape Colony, leads
directly to increased commercial activity; and commerce increases in a much
greater degree when new countries— e.g. Rhodesia and British East
Africa—become the homes of Europeans. Finally, in reviewing the chief factors
which govern the commercial development of the continent, note must be taken
of the sparsity of the population over the greater part of Africa, and the
efforts made to supplement the insufficient and often ineffective native
labour by the introduction of Asiatic labourers in various districts—of
Indian coolies in Natal and elsewhere, and of Chinese for the gold mines of
the Transvaal.
The resources of Africa may be considered under the head of: (1) jungle
products; (2) cultivated products; (3) animal
                            Chief economic resources.                            
products; (4) minerals. Of the first named the most important are india-
rubber and palm-oil. which in tropical Africa supply by far the largest items
in the export list. The rubber-producing plants are found throughout the
whole tropical belt, and the most important are creepers of the order
Apocynaceae, especially various species of Landolphia (with which genus Vahea
is now united). In East Africa Landolphia kirkii (Dyer) supplies the largest
amount, though various other species are known Forms of apparently wider
distribution are L. hendelotii, which is found in the Bahr-el-Ghazal, and
extends right across the continent to Senegambia; and L. (formerly Vahea)
comorensis, which, including its variety L. florida, has the widest
distribution of all the species, occurring in Upper and Lower Guinea, the
whole of Central Africa, the east coast, the Comoro Islands and Madagascar.
In parts of East Africa Clitandra orienitalis is a valuable rubber vine. In
Lagos and elsewhere rubber is produced by the apocynaceous tree, Funtumia
elastica, and in West Africa generally by various species of Ficus, some
species of which are also found in East Africa. The rubber produced is
somewhat inferior to that of South America, but this is largely due to
careless methods of preparation. The great destruction of vines brought about
by native methods of collection much reduced the supply in some districts,
and rendered it necessary to take steps to preserve and cultivate the rubber-
yielding plants. This has been done in many districts with usually
encouraging results. Experiments have been made in the introduction of South
American rubber plants, but opinions differ as to the prospects of success,
as the plants in question seem to demand very definite conditions of soil and
climate. The second product, palm-oil, is derived from a much more limited
area than rubber, for although the oil palm is found throughout the greater
part of West Africa, from 10 deg. N. to 10 deg. S., the great bulk of the
export comes from the coast districts at the head of the Gulf of Guinea. A
larger supply, equal to any market demand, could easily be obtained. A third
valuable product is the timber supplied by the forest regions, principally in
West Africa. It includes African teak or oak (Oldfieldia africana), excellent
for shipbuilding; the durable odum of the Gold Coast (Chlorophora excelsa);
African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis); ebony (Diospyros ebenum); camwood
(Baphia nitida); and many other ornamental and dye woods. The timber industry
on the west coast was long neglected, but since 1898 there have been large
exports to Europe. In parts of East Africa the Podocarpus milanjianus, a
conifer, is economically important. Valuable timber grows too in South
Africa, including the yellow wood (Podocarpus), stinkwood (Ocotea),
sneezewood or Cape ebony (Euclea) and ironwood.
Other vegetable products of importance are: Gum arabic, obtained from various
species of acacia (especially A. senegal), the chief supplies of which are
obtained from Senegambia and the steppe regions of North Africa (Kordofan,
&c.); gum copal, a valuable resin produced by trees of the leguminous
order, the best, known as Zanzibar or Mozambique copal, coming from the East
African Trachylobium hornemannianum, and also found in a fossil state under the
soil; kola nuts, produced chiefly in the coast-lands of Upper Guinea by a tree
of the order Sterculiaceae (Kola acuminata); archil or orchilla, a dye-yielding
lichen (Rocella tinctoria and triciformis) growing on trees and rocks in East
Africa, the Congo basin, &c.; cork, the bark of the cork oak, which
flourishes in Algeria; and alfa, a grass used in paper manufacture (Machrochloa
tenacissima), growing in great abundance on the dry steppes of Algeria,
Tripoli, &c. A product to which attention has been paid in Angola is the
Almeidina gum or resin, derived from the juice of Euphorbia tirucalli.
The cultivated products include those of the tropical and warm temperate zones.
Of the former, coffee is perhaps the most valuable indigenous plant. It grows
wild in many parts, the home of one species being in Kaffa and other Galla
countries south of Abyssinia, and of another in Liberia. The Abyssinian coffee
is equal to the best produced in any other part of the world. Cultivation is,
however, necessary to ensure the best results, and attention has been given to
this in various European colonies. Plantations have been established in Angola,
Nyasaland, German East Africa, Cameroon, the Congo Free State, &c.
Copra, the produce of the cocoa-nut palm, is supplied chiefly by Zanzibar and
neighbouring parts of the east coast. Groundnuts, produced by the leguminous
plant, Arachis hypogaea, are grown chiefly in West Africa, and the largest
export is from Senegal and the Gambia; while Bambarra ground-nuts (Voandzeia
subterranea) are very generally cultivated from Guinea to Natal. Cloves are
extensively grown on Zanzibar and Pemba islands, Pemba being the chief source
of the world's supply of cloves. The chief drawbacks to the industry are the
fluctuations of the yield of the trees, and the risk of over-production in
good seasons.
Cotton grows wild in many parts of tropical Africa, and is exported in small
quantities in the raw state; but the main export is from Egypt, which comes
third among the world's  sources of supply of the article. It is also
cultivated in West Africa—the industry in the Guinea coast colonies having
been developed since the beginning of the 20th century—and in the Anglo-
Egyptian Sudan, whence came the plants from  which Egyptian cotton is grown.
Sugar, which is the staple crop of Mauritius, and in a lesser degree of
Reunion, is also produced in Natal, Egypt, and, to a certain extent, in
Mozambique. Dates are grown in Tunisia and the Saharan oases, especially
Tafilet; maize in Egypt, South Africa and parts of the tropical zone; wheat
in Egypt, Algeria and the higher regions of Abyssinia; rice in Madagascar.
Wine is largely exported from Algeria, and in a much smaller quantity from
Cape Colony; fruit and vegetables from Algeria. Tobacco is widely grown on a
small scale, but, except perhaps from Algeria, has not become an important
article of export, though plantations have been established in various
tropical colonies. The cultivation of cocoa has proved successful in the Gold
Coast, Cameroon and other colonies, and in various districts the tea plant is
cultivated. Indigo, though not originally an African product, has become
naturalized and grows wild in many parts, while it is also cultivated on a
small scale. The main difficulty in the way of tropical cultivation is the
labour question, which has already been referred to.
Of animal products one of the most important is ivory, the largest export of
which is from the Congo Free State. The diminution in the number of elephants
with the opening up of the remoter districts must in time cause a falling-off
in this export. Beeswax is obtained from various parts of the interior of
West Africa, and from Madagascar. Raw hides are exported in large quantities
from South Africa, as are also the wool and hair of the merino sheep and
Angora goat. Both hides and wool are also exported from Algeria and Morocco,
and hides from Abyssinia and Somaliland. Ostrich feathers are produced
chiefly by the ostrich farms of Cape Colony, but some are also obtained from
the steppes to the north of the Central Sudan. Live stock, principally sheep,
is exported from Algeria and cattle from Morocco.
The exploited minerals of Africa are confined to a few districts, the
resources of the continent in this respect being largely
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undeveloped. Since the discovery of gold in the Transvaal, particularly in the
district known as the Rand (1885), the output has grown enormously, so that in
1898 the output of gold from South Africa was greater than from any other
gold-field in the world. The Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 lost the Rand the
leading position, but by 1905 the output—in that year over L. 20,800,000—was
greater than it had ever been. The supply of gold from South Africa is roughly
25% of the world's output. The gold-yielding formations extend northwards
through Rhodesia. The Gold Coast is so named from the quantity of gold obtained
there, and since the close of the 19th century the industry has
developed largely in the hands of Europeans. In the Galla countries gold has
long been an article of native commerce. It is also found in various parts of
the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and along the western shore of the Red Sea. Diamonds
are found in large quantities in a series of beds known as the Kimberley
shales, the principal mines being at Kimberley, Cape Colony. Diamonds are also
found in Orange River Colony, while one of the richest diamond mines in the
world—the Premier—is situated in the Transvaal near Pretoria. Some 80% of the
world's production of diamonds comes from South Africa. Copper is found in the
west of Cape Colony, in German South-West Africa, and in the Katanga country in
the southern Congo basin, where vast beds of copper ore exist. There are also
extensive deposits of copper in the Broken Hill district of Northern Rhodesia.
It also occurs in Morocco, Algeria, the Bahr-el-Ghazal, &c. Rich tin
deposits have been found in the southern Congo basin and in Northern Rhodesia.
Iron is found in Morocco, Algeria (whence there is an export trade), and is
widely diffused, and worked by  the natives, in the tropical zone. But the
deposits aregenerally not rich. Coal is worked, principally for home
consumption, in Cape Colony, Natal, the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and in
Rhodesia in the neighbourhood of the Zambezi. Coal deposits also exist in the
German territory north of Lake Nyasa. Phosphates are exported from Algeria and
Tunisia. Of other minerals which occur, but are little worked, zinc, lead and
antimony are found in Algeria, lead and manganese in Cape Colony, plumbago in
Sierra Leone.
The imports from foreign countries into Africa consist chiefly of
manufactured goods, varying in character according to the development of the
different countries in civilization. In Egypt, Algeria and South Africa they
include most of the necessaries and luxuries of civilized life, manufactured
cotton and woollen goods, especially the former, taking the first place, but
various food stuffs, metal goods, coal and miscellaneous articles being also
included. In tropical Africa, and generally where few Europeans have settled,
the great bulk of the imports consists as a rule of cotton goods, articles
for which there is a constant native demand.
No continent has in the past been so lacking in means of communication as
Africa, and it was only in the last decade
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of the 19th century that decided steps were taken to remedy these defects.
The African rivers, with the exception of the middle Congo and its affluents,
and the middle course of the three other chief rivers, are generally
unfavourable to navigation, and throughout the tropical region almost the
sole routes have been native footpaths, admitting the passage of a single
file of porters, on whose heads all goods have been carried from place to
place. Certain of these native trade routes are, however, much frequented,
and lead for hundreds of miles from the coast to the interior. In the desert
regions of the north  transport is by caravans of camels, and in the south
ox-wagons,before the advent of railways, supplied the general means of
locomotion. The native trade routes led generally from the centres of
greatest population or production to the seaports by the nearest route, but
to this rule there was a striking exception. The dense forests of Upper
Guinea and the upper Congo proved a barrier which kept the peoples of the
Sudan from direct access to the sea, and from Timbuktu to Darfur the great
trade routes were either west to east or south to north across the Sahara.
The principal caravan routes across the desert lead from different points in
Morocco and Algeria to Timbuktu; from Tripoli to Timbuktu, Kano and other
great marts of the western and central Sudan; from Bengazi to Wadai; and from
Assiut on the Nile through the Great Oasis and the Libyan desert to Darfur.
South of the equator the principal long-established routes are those from
Loanda to the Lunda and Baluba countries; from Benguella via Bihe to Urua and
the upper Zambezi; from Mossamedes across the Kunene to the upper Zambezi;
and from Bagamoyo, opposite Zanzibar, to Tanganyika. Many of the native
routes have been superseded by the improved communications introduced by
Europeans in the utilization of waterways and the construction of roads and
railways. Steamers have been conveyed overland in sections and launched on
the interior waterways above the obstructions to navigation. On the upper
Nile and Albert Nyanza their introduction was due to Sir S. Baker and General
C. G. Gordon (1871-1876); on the middle Congo and its affluents to Sir H.M.
Stanley and the officials of the Congo Free State, as well as to the Baptist
missionaries on the river; and on Lake Nyasa to the supporters of the
Scottish mission. A small vessel was launched on Victoria Nyanza 1896 by a
British mercantile firm, and a British government steamer made its first trip
in November 1900. On the other great lakes and on most of the navigable
rivers steamers were plying regularly before the close of the 19th century.
However, the shallowness of the water in the Niger and Zambezi renders their
navigation possible only to light-draught steamers. Roads suitable for
wheeled traffic are few. The first attempt at road-making in Central Africa
on a large scale was that of Sir T. Fowell Buxton and Mr (afterwards Sir W.)
Mackinnon, who completed  the first section of a track leading into the
interior fromDar-es-Salaam (1879). A still more important undertaking was the
``Stevenson road,'' begun in 1881 from the head of Lake Nyasa to the south
end of Tanganyika, and constructed  mainly at the expense of Mr James
Stevenson, a director of theAfrican Lakes Company—a company which helped
materially in the opening up of Nyasaland. The Stevenson road forms a link in
the ``Lakes route'' into the heart of the continent. In British East Africa a
road connecting Mombasa with Victoria Nyanza was completed in 1897, but has
since been in great measure superseded by the railway. Good roads have also
been made in German East Africa and Cameroon and in Madagascar.
Railways, the chief means of affording easy access to the interior of the
continent, were for many years after their first introduction to Africa
almost entirely confined to the extreme north and south (Egypt, Algeria, Cape
Colony and Natal). Apart from short lines in Senegal, Angola and at Lourenco
Marques, the rest of the continent was in 1890 without a railway system. In
Egypt the Alexandria and Cairo railway dates from 1855, while in 1877 the
lines open reached about 1100 miles, and in 1890, in addition to the lines
traversing the delta, the Nile had been ascended to Assiut. In Algeria the
construction of an inter-provincial railway was decreed in 1857, but was
still incomplete twenty years later, when the total length of the lines open
hardly exceeded 300 miles. Before 1890 an extension to Tunis had been opened,
while the plateau had been crossed by the lines to Ain Sefra in the west and
Biskra in the east. In Senegal the railway from Dakar to St Louis had been
commenced and completed during the 'eighties, while the first section of the
Senegal-Niger railway, that from Kayes to Bafulabe, was also constructed
during the same decade. In Cape Colony, where in about 1880 the railways were
limited to the neighbourhood of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London,
the next decade saw the completion of the trunk-line from Cape Town to
Kimberley, with a junction at De Aar with that from Port Elizabeth. The
northern frontier had, however, nowhere been crossed. In Natal, also, the
main line had not advanced beyond Ladysmith. The settlement, c. 1890, of the
main lines of the partition of the continent was followed by many projects
for the opening up of the possessions and spheres of influence of the various
powers by the building of railways; several of these schemes being carried
through in a comparatively short time. The building of railways was
undertaken by the governments concerned, nearly all the African lines being
state-owned. In the Congo Free State a railway, which took some ten years to
build, connecting the navigable waters of the lower and middle Congo, was
completed in 1898, while in 1906 the middle and upper courses of the river
were linked by the opening of a line past Stanley Falls. Thus the vast basin
of the Congo was rendered easily accessible to commercial enterprise. In
North Africa the Algerian and Tunisian railways were largely extended, and
proposals were made for a great trunk-line from Tangier to Alexandria. The
railway from Ain Sefra was continued southward towards Tuat, the project of a
trans-Saharan line having occupied the attention of French engineers since
1880. In French West Africa railway communication between the upper Senegal
and the upper Niger was completed in 1904; from the Guinea coast at Konakry
another line runs north-east to the upper Niger, while from Dahomey a third
line goes to the Niger at Garu. In the British colonies on the same coast the
building of railways was begun in 1896. A line to Kumasi was completed in
1903, and the line from Lagos to the lower Niger had reached Illorin in 1908.
Thence the railway was continued to the Niger at Jebba. From Baro, a port on
the lower Niger which can be reached by steamers all the year round, another
railway, begun in 1907, goes via Bida, Zungeru and Zaria to Kano, a total
distance of 400 miles. A line from Jebba to Zungeru affords connexion with
the Lagos railway.
But the greatest development of the railway systems was in the south and east
of the continent. In British East Africa  a survey for a railway from Mombasa
to Victoria Nyanza was made in 1892. The first rails were laid in 1896 and
the line  reached the lake in December 1901. Meanwhile, there had been a
great extension of railways in South Africa. Lines from Cape Town, Port
Elizabeth, East London, Durban and Delagoa Bay all converged on the newly
risen city of Johannesburg, the centre of the Rand gold mines. A more
ambitious project was that identified with the name of Cecil Rhodes, namely,
the extension northward of the railway from Kimberley with the object of
effecting a continuous railway connexion from Cape Town to Cairo. The line
from Kimberley reached Bulawayo in 1897. (Bulawayo is also reached from Beira
on the east coast by another line, completed in 1902, which goes through
Portuguese territory and Mashonaland.) The extension of the line northward
from Bulawayo was begun in 1899, the Zambezi being bridged, immediately below
the Victoria Falls, in 1905. From this point the railway goes north to the
Katanga district of the Congo State. In the north of the continent a step
towards the completion of the Cape to Cairo route was taken in the opening in
1899 of the railway from Wadi Haifa to  Khartum. A line of greater economic
importance than the lastnamed is the railway (completed in 1905) from Port
Sudan on the Red Sea to the Nile a little south of Berber, thus placing the
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan within easy reach of the markets of the world. A west to
east connexion across the continent by rail and steamer, from the mouth of
the Congo to Port Sudan, was arranged in 1906 when an agreement was entered
into by the Congo and Sudan governments for the building of a railway from
Lado, on the Nile, to the Congo frontier, there to meet a railway starting
from the river Congo near Stanley Falls. A railway of considerable importance
is that from Jibuti in the Gulf of Aden to Harrar, giving access to the
markets of southern Abyssinia.
Besides the railways mentioned there are several others of less importance.
Lines run from Loanda and other ports of Angola towards the Congo State
frontier, and from Tanga and Dar-es-Salaam on the coast of German East Africa
towards the great lakes. In British Central Africa a railway connects Lake
Nyasa with the navigable waters of the Shire, and various lines have been
built by the French in Madagascar.
All the main railways in South Africa, the lines in British West Africa, in
the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan and in Egypt south of Luxor are of 3 ft. 6 in.
gauge. The main lines in Lower Egypt and in Algeria and Tunisia are of 4 ft.
8 1/2 in. gauge. Elsewhere as in French West and British East Africa the
lines are of metre (3.28 ft.) gauge.
The telegraphic system of Africa is on the whole older than that of the
railways, the newer European possessions having in most cases been provided
with telegraph lines before railway projects had been set on foot. In
Algeria, Egypt and Cape Colony the systems date back to the middle of the
19th century, before the end of which the lines had in each country reached
some thousands of miles. In tropical Africa the systems of French West
Africa, where the line from Dakar to St Louis was begun in 1862, were the
first to be fully developed, lines having been carried from different points
on the coast of Senegal and Guinea towards the Niger, the main line being
prolonged north-west to Timbuktu, and west and south to the coast of Dahomey.
The route for a telegraph line to connect Timbuktu with Algeria was surveyed
in 1905. The Congo region is furnished with several telegraphic systems, the
longest going from the mouth of the river to Lake Tanganyika. From Ujiji on
the east coast of that lake there is telegraphic communication via Tabora
with Dar-es-Salaam and via Nyasa and Rhodesia with Cape Town. The last-named
line is the longest link in the trans-continental line first suggested in
1876 by Sir (then Mr) Edwin Arnold and afterwards taken up by Cecil Rhodes.
The northern link from Egypt to Khartum has been continued southward to
Uganda, while another line connects Uganda with Mombasa. At the principal
seaports the inland systems are connected with submarine cables which place
Africa in telegraphic communication with the rest of the world.
Numerous steamship lines run from Great Britain, Germany, France and other
countries to the African seaports, the journey from any place in western
Europe to any port on the African coast occupying, by the shortest route, not
more than three weeks. (E. HE., F. R. C.)
1 Further conferences respecting the liquor traffic in Africa were held in
Brussels in 1899 and 1906. In both instances conventions were signed by the
powers, raising the minimum duty on imported spirituous liquors.
BIBLIOGRAPHY.—Authoritative works dealing with Africa as a whole in any of
its aspects are comparatively rare. Besides such volumes the following list
includes therefore books containing valuable information concerning large or
typical sections of the continent:—
sec. I. General Descriptions.—(a) Ancient and Medieval. Herodotus, ed. G.
Rawlinson, 4 vols.1 (1880); Ptolemy's Geographia, ed. C. Muller, vol. i.
(Paris, 1883-1901); Ibn Haukal, ``Description de l'Afrique (transl. McG. de
Slane), Nouv. Journal asiatique, 1842; Edrisi, ``Geographie'' (transl.
Jaubert), Rec. de voyages . . . Soc. De Geogr. vol. v. (Paris, 1836); Abulfeda,
Geographie (transl. Reinaud and Guyard, Paris, 1848-1883); M. A. P.d'Avezac,
Description de l'Afrique ancienne (Paris, 1845); L. de Marmol, Description
general de Africa (Granada, 1573); L. Sanuto, Geografia dell' Africa (Venice,
1588); F. Pigafetta, A Report of the Kingdom of Congo, &c. (1597); Leo
Africanus, The History and Description of Africa (transl. J. Pory, ed. R.
Brown), 3 vols. (1896); O. Dapper, Naukeurige beschrijvinge der afrikaensche
gewesten, &c. (Amsterdam, 1668) (also English version by Ogilvy, 1670, and
French version, Amsterdam, 1686); B. Tellez, ``Travels of the Jesuits in
Ethiopia,'' A New Collection of Voyages, vol. vii. (1710); G. A. Cavazzi da
Montecuccolo, Istorica Descrittione de tre Regni Congo, Matamba, et Angola
(Milan, 1690) (account of the labours of the Capuchin missionaries and their
observations on the country and people); J. Barbot, ``Description of the Coasts
of North and South Guinea and of Ethiopia Inferior,', Churchill's Voyages, vol.
v. (1707); W. Bosman, A New . . . Description of the Coasts of North and South
Guinea, &c., 2nd ed. (1721); J. B. Labat, Nouvelle relation de l'Afrique
occidentale, 5 vols. (Paris, 1728); Idem, Relation historique de l'Ethiopie
occidentale, 5 vols. (Paris, 1732). (b) Modern. B. d'Anville, Memoire conc. les
rivieres de l'interieur de l'Afrique (Paris, n.d.); M. Vollkommer, Die Quellen
B. d'Anville's fur seine kritische Karte von Afrika Munich, 1904); C. Ritter,
Die Erdkunde, i. Theil, 1. Buch, ``Afrika'' (Berlin, 1822); l. M`Queen,
Geographical and Commercial View of Northern and Central Africa (Edinburgh,
1821 ); Idem, Geographical Survey of Africa ( 1840); W. D. Cooley, Inner Africa
laid open (1852); E. Reclus, Nouvelle geographie universelle, vols. x.-xiii.
(1885-1888); A. H. Keane, Africa (in Stanford's Compendium), 2 vols., 2nd ed.
(1904-1907); F. Hahn and W. Sievers, Afrika, 2. Aufl. (Leipzig, 1901); M.
Fallex and A.Mairey, L'Afrique au debut du XXe siecle (Paris, 1906); Sir C. P.
Lucas, Historical Geography of the British Colonies, vols. iii. and iv.
(Oxford, 1894, 1904); F. D. and A. J. Herbertson, Descriptive Geographies from
Original Sources: Africa (1902); British Africa (The British Empire Series,
vol. ii., 1899); Journal of the African Society; Comite de l'Afrique francaise,
Bulletin, Paris; Mutteilungen der afrikan. Gesellschaft in Deutschland (Berlin,
1879-1889); Mitteilungen . . . aus den deutschen Schutzegebieten (Berlin); H.
Schirmer, Le Sahara (Paris, 1893); Mary H.Kingsley, West African Studies, 2nd
ed. (1901); J. Bryce, Impressions of South Africa (1897); Sir Harry Johnston,
The Uganda Protectorate, 2 vols. (1902) (vol ii. is devoted to anthropology);
E. D. Morel, Affairs of West Africa (1902).
sec. II. Geography (Physical), Geology, Climate, Flora and Fauna. — (For
Descriptive Geogr. see sec. I.)—G. Gurich, ``Uberblick uber den geolog. Bau
des afr. Kontinents,'' Peterm. Mitt., 1887; A. Knox, Notes on the Geology of
the Continent of Africa (1906) (includes a bibliography); L. von Hohnel, A.
Rosiwal, F. Toula and E. Suess, B eitrage zur geologischen Kenntniss des
omstlichcn Afrika (Vienna, 1891);
E. Stromer, Die Geologie der deutschen Schutzgebieten in Afrika (Munich, 1896);
J. Chavanne, Afrika im Lichte uniserer Tage: Bodengestalt, &c. (Vienna,
1881); F.Heidrich, ``Die mittlere Hohe Afrikas,'' Peterm. Mitt., 1888; J. W.
Gregory, The Great Rift-Valley (1896); H. G.Lyons, The Physiography of the
River Nile and its Basin (Cairo, 1906); S. Passarage, Die Kalahari: Versuch
einer physischgeogr. Darstellung . . . des sudafr. Beckens (Berlin, 1904);
Idem, ``Inselberglandschaften im tropischen Afrika,'' Naturw. Wochenschrift,
1904. 654-665; J. E. S. Moore, The Tanganyika, Problem (1903); W. H. Hudleston,
``On the Origin of the Marine (Halolimnic) Fauna of Lake Tanganyika,'' Journ.
Of Trans. Victoria Inst., 1904, 300-351 (discusses the whole question of the
geological history of equatorial Africa); E.Stromer, ``Ist der Tanganyika ein
Rellikten-See?'' Peterm. Mitt., 1901, 275-278; E. Kohlschutter, ``Die . . .
Arbeiten der Pendelexpedition . . . in Deutsch-Ost-Afrika,'' Verh. Deuts.
Geographentages Breslau, 1901, 133-153; J. Cornet, ``La geologie du bassin du
Congo,'' Bull. Soc. Beige geol., 1898; E. G. Ravenstein, ``The Climatology of
Africa'' (ten reports), Reports Brit. Association, 1892-1901; Idem,
``Climatological Observations . . . I. Tropical Africa'' (1904); H. G. Lyons,
``On the Relations between Variations of Atmospheric Pressure . . . and the
Nile Flood,'' Proc. Roy. Soc., Ser. A, vol. lxxvi., 1905; P. Reichard, ``Zur
Frage der Austrocknung Afrikas,'' Geogr. Zeitschrift, 1895; J. Hoffmann, ``Die
tiefsten Temperaturen auf den Hochlandern,'' &c., Peterm. Mitt., 1905; G.
Fraunberger, ``Studien uber die jahrlichen Niederschlagsmengen des afrik.
Kontinents,'' Peterm. Mitt., 1906; D. Oliver and Sir W. T. Thiselton-Dyer,
Flora of) Tropical Africa, 10 vols. (1888-1906); K. Oschatz, Anordnung der
Vegetation in Afrika (Erlangen, 1900); A. Engler, Hochgebirgs-flora des
tropischen Afrika (Berlin, 1892); Idem, Die Pflanzenwelt Ostaftikras und der
Nachbargebiete, 3 vols. (Berlin, 1895); Idem, Beitrage zur Flora von Afrika
(Engler's Botan. Jahrbucher, 14 vols. &c.); W. P. Hiern, Catalogue of the
African Plants Collected by Dr Friedrich Welwitsch in 1853-1861, 2 vols.
(1896-1901); R. Schlechter, Westafrikanische Kautschuk-Expedition (Berlin,
1903); H. Baum, Kunene-Sambesi-Expedition (Berlin, 1903) (largely concerned
with botany); W. L. Sclater, ``Geography of Mammals, No. iv. The Ethiopian
Region,'' Geog. Journal, March 1896; H. A. Bryden and others, Great and Small
Game of Africa (1899); F. C. Selous, African Nature Notes and Reminiscences
(1908); E. N. Buxton, Two African Trips: with Notes and Suggestions on Big-Game
Preservation in Africa (1902) (contains photographs of living animals); G.
Schillings, With Flash-light and Rifle in Equatorial East Africa (1906); Idem,
In Wildest Africa (1907) (striking collection of photographs of living wild
animals); Exploration scientifique de l'Algerie: Histoire naturelle, 14 vols.
and 4 atlases, Paris (1846-1850); Annales du Musee du Congo: Botanique,
Zoologie (Brussels, 1898, &c.). The latest results of geographical research
and a bibliography of current literature are given in the Geographical Journal,
published monthly by the Royal Geographical Society.
sec. III. Ethnology.—H. Hartmann, Die Volker Afrikas (Leipzig, 1879); B.
Ankermann, ``Kulturkreise in Afrika,'' Zeit. f. Eth. vol. xxxvii. p. 34; Idem,
``Uber den gegenwartigen Stand der Ethnographie der Sudhalfte Afrikas,'' Arch.
f. Anth. n.f. iv. p. 24;G.Sergi, Antropologia della stirpe camitica (Turin,
1897); J. Deniker, ``Distribution geogr. et caracteres physiques des Pygmees
africains,'' La Geographie, Paris, vol. viii. pp. 213-220; G. W. Stow and G. M.
Theal, The Native Races of South Africa (1905); K. Barthel, Volkerbewegungen
auf der Sudhalfte des afrik. Kontinents (Leipzig, 1893); A. B. Ellis, The
Tshi-speaking Peoples of the Gold Coast (1887); Idem, The Ewe-speaking Peoples
of the Slave Coast (1890); Idem, The Yoruba-speaking Peoples of the Slave Coast
(1894); H. Ling Roth, Great Benin, its Customs, &c. (Halifax, 1903); H.
Frobenius, Die Heiden-Neger des agyptischen Sudan (Berlin, 1893); Herbert
Spencer and D. Duncan, Descriptive Sociology, vol. iv. African Races (1875); A.
de Preville, Les Societes africaines (Paris, 1894); D. Macdonald, Africana or,
the Heart of Heathen Africa, 2 vols. (1882); L. Frobenius, Der Ursprung der
afrikanischen Kulturen (Der Ursprung der Kultur, Band i.) (Berlin, 1898); Idem,
``Die Masken und Geheimbunde Afrikas,'' Abhandl. Kaiserl. Leopoldin.-Carolin.
Deuts. Akad. Naturforscher, 1899, 1-278; G. Schweinfurth, Artes africanae
Illustrations and Descriptions of . . . industrial Arts, &c. (in German and
English) (Leipzig, 1875); F. Ratzel, Die afsikanischen Bogen . . . eine
anthrop. geographische Studie (Leipzig, 1891); K. Weule, . Der afrikanische
Pfeil (Leipzig, 1899); H. Frobenius, Afrikanische Bautypen (Dauchau bei
Munchen, 1894); H. Schurtz, Die afrikan. Gewerbe (Leipzig, 1900); E. W. Blyden,
Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race (1887); James Stewart, Dawn in the Dark
Continent, or Africa and its Missions (Edinburgh and London, 1903); W. H. J.
Bleek, Comparative Grammar of South African Languages, 2 parts (1862-1869);
Idem, Vocabularies of the Districts of Lourenzo Marques, &c., &c.
(1900); R. N. Cust, Sketch of the Modern Languages of Africa, 2 vols. (1993):
F. W. Kolbe, A Language Study based on Bantu (1888); J. T. Last, Polyglotta
Africana orientalis (1885); J. Torrend, Comparative Grammar of the South
African Bantu Languages (1891); S. W. Koelle, Polyglotta Africana (1854); C.
Velten, Schilderungen der Suaheli von Expeditionen v. Wissmanns, &c.,
&c. (1900) (narratives taken down from the mouths of natives); A.
Vierkandt, Volksgedichte im westlichen Central-Afrika (Leipzig, 1895). For
latest information the following periodicals should be consulted:— Journal of
the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland; Man (same
publishers); Zeitschrift f. Ethnologie; Archiv f. Anthropologie;
sec. IV. Archaeology and Art.— Publications of the Egyptian Exploration Fund; A.
Mariette-Bey, The Monuments of Upper Egypt (1890); H. Brugsch, Die Agyptologie
(Leipzig, 1891); G. Maspero, L' Archeologie egyptienne (Paris, 1890?); R.
Lepsius, Denkmaler aus Agypten und Athiopien . . ., 6 vols. (Berlin,
1849-1859); G. A. Hoskins, Travels in Ethiopia . . . illustrating the
Antiquities of the Ancient Kingdom of Meroe (1835); Records of the Past: being
English Translations of . . . Egyptian Monuments, vols. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
(1873-1881); Ditto, new series, 6 vols. (1890-1892); D. Randall-MacIver and A.
Wilkin, Libyan Notes (1901) (archaeology and ethnology of North Africa); G.
Boissier, L'Afrique romaine Promenades archeologiques en Algerie et en Tunisie,
2nd ed. (Paris, 1901); H. Randall-MacIver, Mediaeval Rhodesia (1906); Prisse
d'Avennes, Histoire de l'art egyptien d'apres les monuments, &c. with atlas
(Paris, 1879; G. Perrot and C. Chipiez, History of Art in Ancient Egypt, 2
vols. (1993); H. Wallis, Egyptian Ceramic Art (1900); C. H. Read and O. M.
Dalton, Antiquities from the City of Benin and from other parts of West Africa
sec. V. Travel and Exploration.—Dean W. Vincent, The Commerce and Navigation of
the Ancients, vol. 2, The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea (1807); G. E. de
Azurara, Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea (Eng. trans., 2
vols., 1896, 1899); R. H. Major, Life of Prince Henry the Navigator (1868); E.
G. Ravenstein, ``The Voyages of Diogo Cao and Barth. Diaz,'' Geogr. Journ.,
Dec. 1900; O. Hartig, ``Altere Entdeckungsgeschichte und Kartographie
Afrikas,'' Mitt. Geogr. Gesells. Wien, 1905; J. Leyden and H. Murray,
Historical Account of Discoveries, &c., 2 vols., 2nd ed. (1818); T. E.
Bowditch, Account of the Discoveries of the Portuguese in the Interior of
Angola and Mozambique (1824); P. Paulitschke, Die geogr. Forschung des afrikan.
Continents (Vienna, 1880); A. Supan, ``Ein Jahrhundert der Afrika-Forschung,''
Peterm. Mitt., 1888; R. Brown, The Story of Africa and its Explorers, 4 vols.
(1892-1895); Sir Harry Johnston, The Nile Quest (1903); James Bruce, Travels to
discover the Source of the Nile in 1768-1773, 5 vols., Edinburgh (1790);
Proceedings of the Association for . . . Discovery of!the Interior Parts of
Africa, 1790-1810; Mungo Park, Travels into the Interior Districts of Africa
(1799); Idem, Journal of a Mission, &c. (1815); Capt. J. K. Tuckey,
Narrative of an Expedition to explore the River Zaire or Congo in 1816 (1818):
D. Denham and H. Clapperton, Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in N. and
Cent. Africa (1826); R. Caillie, Journal d'un voyage a Temboctu et a Jenne, 3
vols., Paris (1830); D. Livingstone, Missionary Travels . . . in South Africa
(1857); The Last Journals of David Livingstone in Central Africa, ed. H. Waller
(1874); H. Barth, Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa, 5 vols.
(1857); J. L. Krapf, Travels, Researches, &c., in Eastern Africa (1860);
Sir R. F. Burton, The Lake Regions of Central Africa, 2 vols. (1860); J. H.
Speke, Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile (1863).: Sir S. W.
Baker, The Albert Nyanza, 2 vols. (1866); G. Schweinfurth, The Heart of Africa,
2 vols. (1873); V. L. Cameron, Across Africa, 2 vols. (1877); T. Baines, The
Gold Regions of South-Eastern Africa (1877); Sir H. M. Stanley, Through the
Dark Continent, 2 vols. (1878); Idem, In Darkest Africa, 2 vols. (1890); G.
Nachtigal, Sahara und Sudan, 3 vols. (Berlin, 1879-1889); P. S. De Brazza, Les
Voyages de . . . (1875-1882), Paris, 1884; i. Thomson, Through Masai Land
(1885); H. von Wissmann, Unter Deutscher Flagge quer durch Afrika, &c.
(Berlin, 1889); Idem, My Second Journey through Equatorial Africa (1891); W.
Junker, Travels in Africa 1875-1886, 3 vols. (1890-1892); L. G. Binger, Du
Niger au Golfe de Guinee, &c. (Paris, 1892); O. Baumann, Durch Masailand
zur Nilquelle (Berlin, 1894); R. Kandt, Caput Nili (Berlin, 1904); C. A. von
Gotzen, Durch Afrika von Ost nach West (Berlin, 1896); L. Vanutelli and C.
Citerni, Seconda spedizione Bottego: L'Omo (Milan, 1899); P. Foureau, D'Alger
au Congo par le Tchad (Paris, 1902); C. Lemaire, Mission scientifique du
Ka-Tanga: Journal de route, 1 vol., Resultats des observations, 16 parts
(Brussels, 1902); A. St. H. Gibbons, Africa from South to North through
Marotseland, 2 vols. (1904); E. Lenfant, La Grande Route du Tchad (Paris,
1905); Boyd Alexander, From the Niger to the Nile, 2 vols. (1907).
sec. VI. Historical and Political.—H.Schurtz, Africa (World's History, vol. 3,
part 3) (1903); Sir H. H. Johnston, History of the Colonization of Africa by
Alien Races (Cambridge, 1899) (reprint with additional chapter ``Latest
Developments,'' 1905); A. H. L. Heeren, Reflections on the Politics,
Intercourse and Trade of the Ancient Nations of Africa, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1832);
G. Rawlinson, History of Ancient Egypt (1881); A. Graham, Roman Africa (1902);
J. De Barros, Asia: Ira Decada, Lisbon (1552 and 1777-1778); J. Strandes, Die
Portugiesenzeit von . . . Ostafrika (Berlin, 1899); R. Schuck, Brandenburg-
Preussens Kolonial-Politik . . . 1641-1721, 2 vols. Leipzig, 1889): G. M`Call
Theal, History and Ethnography of Africa south of the Zambesi  . . . to 1795, 3
vols. (1907-1910), and History of South Africa since September 1795 (to 1872) 5
vols. (1908); Idem, Records of South-Eastern Africa, 9 vols., 1898-1903; Lady
Lugard, A Tropical Dependency: Outline of the History of the Western Sudan,
&c.; (1905); Sir F. Hertslet, The Map of Africa by Treaty, 3 vols. (3rd
ed., 1909); J . S. Keltie, The Partition of Africa, 2nd ed. (1895); F. Van
Ortroy, Conventions internationales definissant les limites . . . en Afrique
(Brussels, 1898); General Act of the Conference of Berlin, 1885: The Surveys
and Explorations of British Africa (Colonial Reports, No. 500) (1906), and
annual reports thereafter; Sir F. D. Lugard, The Rise or our East African
Empire, 2 vols. (1893); E. Petit, Les colonies francaises, 2 vols. (Paris,
1902-1904); E. Rouard de Card, Les Traites de protectorat conclus par la France
en Afrique, 1870-1895 (Paris, 1897); A. J. de Araujo, Colonies portuguaises
d'Afrique Lisbon, 1900); B.Trognitz, ``Neue Arealbestimmung des Continents
Afrika,'' Petermanns Mitt., 1893, 220-221; A. Supan, ``Die Bevolkerung der
Erde,'' xii., Peterm. Mitt. Erganzungsh. 146 (Gotha, 1904) (deals with areas as
well as population).
sec. VII. Commerce and Economics.—A. Silva White, The Development of Africa,
2nd ed. (1892): K. Dove, ``Grundzuge einer Wirtschaftsgeographie Afrikas,''
Geographische Zeitschrift, 1905, i-18; E. Hahn, ``Die Stellung Afrikas in der
Geschichte des Welthandels,'' Verhandl. 11. Deutsch. Geographentags zu Bremen
(Berlin, 1896); L. de Launay, Les Richesses minerales de l'Afrique (Paris,
1903); K. Futterer, Afrika in seiner Bedeutung fur die Goldproduktion
(Berlin, 1894); P. Reichard, ``Das afrikan. Elfenbein und sein Handel,''
Deutsche geogr. Blatter (Bremen, 1889); Sir A. Moloney, Sketch of the
Forestry of West Africa (1887); Dewevre, ``Les Caoutchoucs africains,'' Ann.
Soc. Sci. Bruxelles, 1895; Sir T. F. Buxton, The African Slave Trade and its
Remedy (1840); C. M. A. Lavigerie, L'Esclavage africain (Paris, 1888); E. de
Renty, Les chemins de fer coloniaux en Afrique, 3 vols. (Paris, 1903-1905);
H. Meyer, Die Eisenbahnen im tropischen Afrika (Leipzig, 1902); G. Grenfell,
``The Upper Congo as a Waterway,'' Geogr. Journ., Nov. 1902; A. St. H.
Gibbons, ``The Nile and Zambezi Systems as Waterways,'' Journ. R. Colon.
Inst., 1901; K. Lent, ``Verkehrsmittel in Ostafrika,'' Deutsches
Kolonialblatt, 1894; ``Trade of the United Kingdom with the African Continent
in 1898-1902,'' Board of T. Journ., 1903; Diplomatic and Consular Peports,
Annual Series; Colonial Reports; T. H. Parke, Guide to Health in Africa
(1893); R. W. Felkin, Geographical Distribution of Tropical Diseases in
Africa (1895)
The following bibliographies may also be consulted: J. Gay, Bibliographie des
ouvrages relatifs a l'Afrique, &c. (San Remo, 1875); P. Paulitschke, Die
Afrika-Literatur von 1500 bis 1750 (Vienne, 1882); Catalogue of the Colonial
Office Library, vol. 3, Africa (specially for government publications). (E.
HE.) 1 Where no place of publication is given, London is to be understood.