Governing Africa: British records from African countries under colonial rule

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Introduction

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.

Dates Covered

1808-1995

Contributors

  • British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Institute for Commonwealth Studies, Senate House
  • Kate Legum

Collections

Colonial Law in Africa, 1946-1966

African Government Gazettes, 1946-1966
These gazettes contain copies of the laws and ordinances which... explore collection...

Colonial Law in Africa, 1808-1919

African Government Gazettes, 1808-1919
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the... explore collection...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to the Gold Coast and Togoland, 1843-1957
Ghana and Togo were known by the colonial Government as... explore collection...

Zimbabwe under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1897-1980

Annual departmental reports relating to Southern Rhodesia, 1897-1980
This collection contains annual reports by successive colonial administrations in... explore collection...

Kenya under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1907-1964

Annual departmental reports relating to Kenya, 1907-1964
The colony of Kenya was managed by the government departments... explore collection...

Nigeria and Cameroon under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1887-1962

Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962
This collection contains annual reports compiled by successive British colonial... explore collection...

Malawi under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1907-1967

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Nyasaland, 1907-1967
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial... explore collection...

Sierra Leone under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1893-1961

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial... explore collection...

Uganda under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1903-1961

Annual departmental reports relating to Uganda, 1903-1961
The colony of Uganda was managed by the government departments... explore collection...

Gambia under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1881-1966

Annual Departmental Reports relating to the Gambia, 1881-1966
This collection includes annual reports compiled by the colonial government... explore collection...

South Africa under Apartheid, reports and research by a journalist, 1949-1995

Selected papers from the personal library of Colin Legum, 1949-1995
Colin Legum (1919-2003) was a South African-born journalist and anti-apartheid... explore collection...

Colonial Africa in official statistics, 1821-1953

African Blue Books, 1821-1953
The late nineteenth century’s ‘Scramble for Africa’ saw European colonialist... explore collection...

Colonial Law in Africa, 1920-1945

African Government Gazettes, 1920-1945
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the... explore collection...

Apartheid Through the Eyes of South African Political Parties, 1948-1994

Trace the evolution and decline of white minority rule in South Africa
Apartheid was a system of white minority rule that prevailed... explore collection...
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