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West Africa

Falola Toyin

in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205661
eISBN:
9780191676741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.003.0031
Subject:
History, World Modern History, British and Irish Modern History

The study of the British Empire in West Africa began before the birth of African history as an academic discipline. There were three major currents. The first was the literature generated by ... More


The Royal Navy and West Africa, 1843-1857

Mark C. Hunter

in Policing the Seas: Anglo-American Relations and the Equatorial Atlantic, 1819-1865

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973893465
eISBN:
9781786944580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973893465.003.0006
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter analyses the British naval policies concerning West Africa between 1843 and 1857. During this period, Britain sought to encourage legitimate commerce and curtail slavery for its own ... More


Expansion and Diversification

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0005
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter studies the expansion of the network of activities built up by Elder Dempster and explores the ways in which Alfred Lewis Jones extended his power and reach across the shipping, trade ... More


Recent Developments

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0014
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter explores the underlying and long-term effects of the Second World War on the future of Elder Dempster and its relationship with West Africa. It focuses on the political and economic ... More


The Effects of the Conference System

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0006
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter reports Elder Dempster’s increasing activity and finances and discusses the conference system and the larger merchants unsatisfied with it. It addresses the reorganisation of the British ... More


Post-War Reconstruction

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0013
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter describes the reconstruction of Elder Dempster’s company structure and development after the Second World War. It states the company’s losses in terms of vessels and staff, and assesses ... More


A False Dawn and Terminal Decline

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0016
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This final chapter evaluates the accuracy of the previous forecasts and predictions made in 1972. It assesses Elder Dempster’s successes and failures whilst taking into consideration the changing ... More


The US Navy and West Africa, 1843-1857

Mark C. Hunter

in Policing the Seas: Anglo-American Relations and the Equatorial Atlantic, 1819-1865

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973893465
eISBN:
9781786944580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973893465.003.0007
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter analyses American naval policies concerning West Africa between 1843 and 1857, in contrast to the previous chapter concerning the Royal Navy. In particular it explores the US West ... More


Naval Relations and the Suppression of Piracy and Slaving, 1820-1830

Mark C. Hunter

in Policing the Seas: Anglo-American Relations and the Equatorial Atlantic, 1819-1865

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973893465
eISBN:
9781786944580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973893465.003.0004
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter provides a further analysis of naval relations, piracy restrictions and the suppression of slavery between 1820 and 1830. It continues to document the anti-piracy stance of the US Navy ... More


A Naval Compromise, 1830-1842

Mark C. Hunter

in Policing the Seas: Anglo-American Relations and the Equatorial Atlantic, 1819-1865

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973893465
eISBN:
9781786944580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973893465.003.0005
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter concerns the Anglo-American efforts to reach an agreement regarding their colonial activities on the West African coast. It discusses Lord Palmerston’s foreign policy in relation to the ... More


Reconstruction and Change

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0009
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter explores the effects of the First World War on the shipping and West African trade market. It outlines Elder Dempster’s financial and trading position after the war and details the ... More


The End of the Royal Mail Group

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0010
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter introduces the formation of the United Africa Company and explains actions taken to secure shipping space. It discusses Elder Dempster and other merchants and organisations’ reactions to ... More


Conflict Avoidance in the Equatorial Atlantic

Mark C. Hunter

in Policing the Seas: Anglo-American Relations and the Equatorial Atlantic, 1819-1865

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973893465
eISBN:
9781786944580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973893465.003.0008
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter examines how sea power was utilised and adjusted by America and Britain in order to diffuse political tensions and keep the balance of power and their individual commercial endeavours ... More


The Reorganisation of the Company

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0011
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter documents the establishment of Elder Dempster Lines Limited, a company under the control of Richard Holt, and follows the fluctuations in West African imports and exports in the 1930s. ... More


Alfred Lewis Jones

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0003
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter follows the professional career of Alfred Lewis Jones to his position as senior partner of Elder Dempster and Company. It details Jones’ early career history, including the establishment ... More


The West African Shipping Conference

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0004
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter provides an initial description of the three major groupings of West African merchants during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Niger Company, the Miller-Swanzy group and the ... More


Alexander Elder and John Dempster

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0002
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter explores the lives of Alexander Elder and John Dempster, two men whose work, power and influence changed the whole of Britain’s shipping and commercial relationship with West Africa. It ... More


The Great War

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0008
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter describes the First World War’s effect on British shipping and West African trade. It discusses shipping losses and incidents, and describes the consequences of the end of trade with ... More


The Second World War

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0012
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter discusses the effects of the Second World War on the British shipping industry. It provides an analysis of the loss of seamen and vessels in comparison to the previous world war, and ... More


Macgregor Laird

Peter N. Davies

in The Trade Makers: Elder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780968128893
eISBN:
9781786944757
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.003.0001
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter discusses Macgregor Laird’s involvement in the formation of the African Steam Ship Company and his role as its first managing director. It also discusses Laird’s personal and ... More


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