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  • Document 4:Proclamation on the Conquest of Kano, 1903
  • Frederick D. Lugard

I emphatically forbade all slave raiding and all transactions in slaves, while saying that it was not my intention to interfere with the existing domestic slaves; but these would, like any one else in the land, at any time, have a right to appeal to the Resident, and, if they proved cruelty on the part of their masters, would be liberated. We recognized, I said, no less than they did that labouring classes must exist, and I had no desire to convert the existing farm and other labourers into vagrants, idlers, and thieves, but I hope that they would by and by see the advantage of paid free labour, which we considered more profitable and better than slave labour.1

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1. Chinedu N. Ubah, Government and Administration of Kano Emirate, 1900-1930 (Nsukka: University of Nigeria Press, 1985), 217. [End Page 141]

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ISSN
2163-9108
Print ISSN
0145-2258
Pages
p. 141
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-22
Open Access
No
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