Early History of the Meru of Mount Kenya

The Meru live on and adjoining the north-eastern slope of Mount Kenya. Before the colonial era, the name ‘Meru’ referred only to five of the present nine sections: the Igembe, Tigania, Imenti, Miutini and Igoji. British administrators, however, included the Tharaka, who live on the adjoining eastern plains, and later the Mwimbi, Muthambi and Chuka, who border the Meru to the south. This article deals with the history of all sections but the Chuka and Tharaka, touching on these only when relevant to the history of the Meru as a whole. Notes, maps, summary.

Title: Early History of the Meru of Mount Kenya
Author: Fadiman, Jeffrey A.
Year: 1973
Periodical: The Journal of African History
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 9-27
Language: English
Geographic term: Kenya
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/180774
Abstract: The Meru live on and adjoining the north-eastern slope of Mount Kenya. Before the colonial era, the name ‘Meru’ referred only to five of the present nine sections: the Igembe, Tigania, Imenti, Miutini and Igoji. British administrators, however, included the Tharaka, who live on the adjoining eastern plains, and later the Mwimbi, Muthambi and Chuka, who border the Meru to the south. This article deals with the history of all sections but the Chuka and Tharaka, touching on these only when relevant to the history of the Meru as a whole. Notes, maps, summary.