Diplomats at the Berlin Conference had been primarily concerned to regulate the scramble to control the coast and navigable rivers which gave access to such resources as the African interior might prove to contain. By 1889 only the littoral between Grand Bassam and the Moa river, hitherto that least receptive to foreign traders, remained unappropriated by a European power. Much of it was indeed claimed by Liberia, but the future of that weak Afro-American republic seemed increasingly problematic.
KeywordsIvory Coast Gold Coast Liberian Government Territorial Claim Moral Suasion
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