Kingdom on Mount Cameroon: Studies in the History of the Cameroon Coast, 1500-1970

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Berghahn Books, 1996 - 380 pages
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The Bakweri people of Mount Cameroon, an active volcano on the coast of West Africa a few degrees north of the equator, have had a varied and at times exciting history which has brought them into contact, not only with other West African peoples, but with merchants, missionaries, soldiers and administrators from Portugal, Holland, England, Jamaica, Sweden, Germany and more recently France.

 

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Table des matières

Documentary and Linguistic Evidence
1
The Plantations and the People of Victoria Division
151
Bakweri Fertility and Marriage
227
Witchcraft Economics and the Continuity of Belief
243
The Bakweri Elephant Dance
261
The Boundaries of Kamerun and Cameroon
267
Bibliography
337
Index
373
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Edwin Ardener (1927-1987), the distinguished social anthropologist who spoke their language, wrote a number of studies on the history and culture of the Bakweri Kingdom. Some of the unpublished writings, and some of the published but now out of print materials are here brought together for the first time. The book covers the early contacts with the Portuguese and Dutch from the sixteenth century, the arrival of the missionaries in the nineteenth century, the dramatic defeat of the first German punitive expedition, the subsequent establishment by the Germans of the plantation system, and the British Trusteeship period until independence in 1961 as part of the Federal Republic of Cameroon.

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