The Era of the Niger Expedition

  • Philip D. Curtin


Eighteen hundred and thirty seems to mark the end of an era in Anglo-West African relations. To the well-informed contemporary observer, it must have appeared that even the unsubstantial British effort of past decades was to be written off. From the side of government, the 1830 Parliamentary Committee and the decision to reduce commitments seemed final. In exploration, the Landers had settled the Niger problem, but the route from Tripoli was now closed. Private missionary efforts went on, but only on a very small scale, and the well-publicized mortality figures were a strengthened deterrent to any kind of activity. Yet other events of 1830 were to lead, indirectly and only after a decade of gestation, to a reversal of the apparent trend.


Niger Delta Slave Trade Gold Coast Missionary Society Naval Force 


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