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Review Sheet Indirect Rule (ID) Indirect rule provided European power with an effective method for controlling Africa and its peoples without the use of excessive force. Be keeping power within the hands of local chiefs, there was less risk of revolt by the mass population. Implementation of “Western” law through local chiefs tended to preserve traditional forms and or sources of power within a village. Local chiefs were in charge of collecting taxes, resolving local disputes, and making sure plans (European) were carried out with little disturbance. Indirect rule also served as an economic strategy for European control in Africa. By reducing the number of European officials needed to maintain order throughout various regions of Africa, costs to the European government would greatly decrease.
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Unformatted text preview: Indirect rule was an extremely effective method for carrying out European control in Africa. Question 1 part 2 (after others.) Prior to the colonization of Africa by European power, African rulers controlled the relationship with European traders. Merchants coming from Europe trading mainly along the Atlantic coast of Africa encountered a well established market for trade. These European traders quickly developed ties with indigenous powers to try and gain access to desired commodities. African rulers controlled whether or not various European traders would be able to unload their goods in the market (African). Elite rulers along the coast controlled the means of coastal and river navigation, giving them an advantage for conducting the inflow and outflow of goods in Atlantic trade....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course CJ 110 taught by Professor Maxwell during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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