Anglo-German Rivalry and Krepi Politics, 1886-1894

German desire to gain access to the north-south trade which had developed along the route from Salaga, through Krepi, to the coast was seen as a threat to British Gold Coast interests. The ensuing Anglo-German competition, between 1886 and 1894, is described in so far as it concerned the Krepi area, in order to show the relationships between this level of political activity and that of political rivalries within Krepi. Focus is on the actions of the political leaders of Kpandu, a chiefdom in the north of the Krepi area, in their attempts to utilise the political changes arising out of the Anglo-German rivalry in order to pursue their own, and Kpandu’s interests, in Krepi politics. The extent to which Kpandu was able to improve its political, if not its economic position, was largely the result of the coherent policies pursued by the Kpandu chief, Dagadu Nyavor. Notes map.

Title: Anglo-German Rivalry and Krepi Politics, 1886-1894
Author: Brown, David
Year: 1974
Periodical: Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Period: December
Pages: 201-216
Language: English
Geographic terms: German Togoland
Ghana
Great Britain
Germany
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406569
Abstract: German desire to gain access to the north-south trade which had developed along the route from Salaga, through Krepi, to the coast was seen as a threat to British Gold Coast interests. The ensuing Anglo-German competition, between 1886 and 1894, is described in so far as it concerned the Krepi area, in order to show the relationships between this level of political activity and that of political rivalries within Krepi. Focus is on the actions of the political leaders of Kpandu, a chiefdom in the north of the Krepi area, in their attempts to utilise the political changes arising out of the Anglo-German rivalry in order to pursue their own, and Kpandu’s interests, in Krepi politics. The extent to which Kpandu was able to improve its political, if not its economic position, was largely the result of the coherent policies pursued by the Kpandu chief, Dagadu Nyavor. Notes map.