Ghana and Togo under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1843-1957

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Annual departmental reports relating to the Gold Coast and Togoland, 1843-1957

Annual departmental reports relating to the Gold Coast and Togoland, 1843-1957

Though the introduction of paper currency as a temporary measure was no doubt inevitable, some discontent was the natural consequence, and it is to be hoped that the alloy tokens will be forthcoming at an early date
Gold Coast, Report on the Blue Book for 1919Administration, 1846-1956; Gold Coast, 1919-1932; img 11

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Ghana's reports start in 1846 and cover significant 19th century cultural changes

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Ghana and Togo were known by the colonial Government as the Gold Coast and British Togoland. These countries’ records are published together because Togoland included land which is now part of Ghana. The Gold Coast and British Togoland were managed by the government departments who wrote these progress reports. The statistics for Ghana, but not Togo, are included in Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953. These reports explain why those statistics are at the levels recorded. The contents pages at the front of each report list the departments which existed at that time. Comparing the contents pages reveals how the structure of the colonial government changed over time.

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Ghana and Togo under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1843-1957...

Containing 56,380 pages belonging to 138 documents housed in 11 volumes...

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Volumes

Administration, 1846-1956

Until the 1890s, most of the information relating to the various government departments was incorporated into the Governor's Annual Report...

Finance, 1895-1956

Dependencies were expected to be self-supporting, albeit accountable to and under the supervision of the Colonial Office. The Audit, Estimates...

Judicial and Police, 1895-1956

The maintenance of 'law and order' was regarded by the British colonial government as one of its principal functions. These...

Natural Resources, 1889-1957

While the Gold Coast had a significant mining sector, agriculture remained the mainstay of the export economy, as well as...

Insights

  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Ghana and Togo. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has developed over the years.
  • These papers cover World War One and World War Two as well as the social services in this colony before independence.
  • The Gillespie Report on Police, 1844-1938 is actually an account of Ghana's history which includes details of the third Ashanti War and its aftermath.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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