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Unformatted text preview: the British gradually
established their rule over the territory occupied by
the Bunyoro in the north of Uganda. The British allied
with Bugandan chiefs to conquer the north, and
transferred a lot of territory from Bunyoro to
Bugandan control. Bugandans were also appointed as
local governors, to rule on behalf of the British. In1900
Britain imposed a tax on huts and guns and made the
chiefs the tax collectors (for a cut of the profits).
Members of the Buganda served as tax collectors and
administrators for the other conquered tribes of the
In 1901 the British built a railroad from the coast to
Lake Victoria. In order to make it pay, they sponsored
the production of cash crops–especially cotton–to be
shipped to the coast for export. No Europeans had
seized land for plantations in Uganda, so agriculture
was in the hands of family farmers. (Through World
War I Buganda farmers were quite prosperous, but
when the price of cotton fell and farmers wanted to
grow other crops, the British rulers continued to s...
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This document was uploaded on 03/10/2014 for the course HISTORY 1020 at Wisc Platteville.
- Spring '14
- Great Zimbabwe