Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule
Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial ruleTrial Series
These reports reveal what was reported to the British government by their governors in the African colonies. The statistical reports cover 13 colonies, with some data that pre-dates the abolition of the slave trade. Our collections on Colonial Law show how those laws were implemented. The legal notices in the three collections reveal how colonial laws were used to control citizens during wars and uprisings. Notices of land sales also reveal how land changed hands between 1808 and 1966. Less formal notices within the legal content provide context to the legal notices. The colonial reports for each colony explain how the statistics in the Blue Books were intended to be interpreted by colonial readers.