African Geography for Schools: A Handbook for Teachers by Brouillette, B., Ed.; And Others

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Money from this, his own savings, and from friends, enabled him to start the cotton mill in 1922. It was expanded in 1925-9 but was nearly killed by the world depression of the thirties and the founder’sdeath in 1933. Against all advice his widow carried on,and she endured two almost crippling years to achieve success by 1936. More expansion was effected in 1938-9, and the company became a public one in 1942. There was much further expansion in the 1950s and 1960s. R a w cotton is now purchased not only in the Ivory Coast but from the Upper Volta,Niger,and a littlefrom Togo and Dahomey, some 13 tons being used each day.

Diamonds must, of course, all be washed from the huge mass of gravels in which they are found, and all Ghana’s gold and Nigeria’s tin are refined at source. Nigeria’s fuel needs (plus exports of refined products) can normally be met by the Port Harcourt refinery,while many ores are beneficiated (or up-graded),notably Ghana and Ivory Coast manganese, and especially Bomi Hills and Bong (Liberia) as well as Marampa (Sierra Leone) iron ore. There will be considerable local processing of the forthcoming production of uranium ores in Niger.

Such goods go by rail from Tema or Takoradi to Kumasi, and thence by lorry to Upper Volta. The Volta Lake may soon permit cheaper water transport instead ofthe rail haul. Niger has normally despatched and received part ofits overseas trade through Cotonou (Dahomey), by rail between there and Parakou, and by lorry between Parakou and Niger. However,for most ofthe groundnut zone ofNiger,and especially the towns of Maradi and Zinder, the shortest route is by lorry into Nigeria,and between Kano and Lagos by railway.

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