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"Rubber will not keep in this country": Failed development in Benin, 1897-1921.

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Although Nigeria’s Benin region was a major rubber producer in 1960, the industry developed slowly. The colonial government encouraged rubber production from 1897 until 1921, when it abandoned the industry as a failure. I explain why rubber did not take hold in this period. The government was unable to protect Benin’s rubber forests from over-exploitation. Expatriate firms were reticent to invest in plantations, and private African plantations remained small to 1921. The colonial government p...

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Publication date:
2011-04-15
Event title:
African Studies Seminar (13 Jun 2011 : Faculty of History (University of Oxford))
Event location:
Faculty of History (University of Oxford)
Language:
English
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:15153
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2011-08-16

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