TITLE

THE WHITE SETTLER'S ROLE IN KENYA

AUTHOR(S)
Hill, M. F.
PUB. DATE
July 1960
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p638
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the role of White settlers' in Kenya. In reaching the decision to build the railway no heed was paid to the possible development of the Highlands of Kenya. In 1894 the British Government declared a protectorate over part of Uganda and in 1895 over the rest of East Africa. The deficits on the Protectorate and the railway had to be borne by the British taxpayers, by way of grants-in-aid from the Treasury. The only way whereby both Protectorate and railway could be set on a sound economic basis was by the development of the raw and almost empty lands on either side of the railway. The subsistence economy of the African tribes was so precarious that they did not even produce surplus foodstuffs as an insurance against the recurrent famines. White settlement beside the railway was the only practicable means of building an economy. It seemed the only way to provide freight for the railway to carry to and from the sea, to provide revenue for the Government which would in turn enable a start with the social services which the Africans direly needed and which would aid them to move away from barbarism towards civilization and a better way of life.
ACCESSION #
14718384

 

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