The Economic Expansion of Jinja, Uganda

  • B. S. Hoyle
Part of the Geographical Readings book series


The municipality of Jinja, second town of Uganda, with an estimated population of 30,000, stands at an altitude of 3,750 ft on the east shore of the Victoria Nile (Fig. 16.1) at the point where the river formerly issued from Lake Victoria in the Ripon Falls.1 A century ago John Hanning Speke, discoverer of the source of the Nile,2 recorded3 that these falls constituted

by far the most interesting sight I had seen in Africa… that attracted one to it for hours—the roar of the waters, the thousands of passenger-fish, leaping at the falls with all their might, the Wasoga and Waganda fishermen coming out in boats and taking post on all the rocks with rod and hook, hippopotami and crocodiles lying sleepily on the water, the ferry at work above the falls, and cattle driven down to drink at the margin of the lake— made … as interesting a picture as one could wish to see.


Trade Fair Copper Smelter Economic Expansion Transmission Cost Industrial Establishment 
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