Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953

African Blue Books, 1821-1953

African Blue Books, 1821-1953

The Government Apprentices (late Slaves) who, on account of their age or infirmity, [were] unable to earn a livelihood, were unwilling to be emancipated with the others in 1827
Cape of Good HopeBlue Book 1841; img 69

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What will you discover in these African statistics?

This collection contains annual reports compiled by the colonial governments in the Gold Coast and British Togoland (modern day Ghana). The documents pre-date the official establishment of British rule, covering the period up to Ghana’s declaration of independence in 1957. The Annual Departmental Reports provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of British colonialism in Ghana. 

Note: The statistics for Ghana, but not Togo, are included in the Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953 collection. 


Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953...

Containing 144,428 pages belonging to 308 documents housed in 13 volumes...

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Nigeria, 1862-1945

Colonial export records for Nigeria name the small group of countries who bought most of their goods in the early 1860’s and describe the items exported.

Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), 1821-1909

Now a part of South Africa, records for the Cape of Good Hope start during the slave trade. These statistics include a description of how the population reacted to the abolition of slavery.

Kenya, 1901-1946

As a British Colony, Kenya was directly affected by the start of the First World War. Kenya’s involvement is visible in its Military Expenditure accounts from the start of the war.

Gold Coast (Ghana), 1846-1939

In Ghana, then known as the Gold Coast, gathering population data could be a challenge. In the 1850s and 1860s the colonizers responded to this by writing descriptions of the population and their occupations.


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