Mr. GALTON said that, although the individual items might not be large, there was a considerable amount of trade of one kind or another on the West African coast. Various thriving entrepots, of which Lagos was commercially the most important, were dotted along the seaboard the whole way from the Gabun to the Senegal. The proposal was that an additional settlement should be established by this country upon the Niger, where the opportunities of trade appeared to be greater than were now enjoyed anywhere along the coast. Confessedly, the West African trade was not of first-class magnitude; but it was not a settlement of first-class importance that Dr. Baikie recommended, merely a small trading establishment. Such an establishment, bringing with ,it, as it would, all the advantages of European and Christian influence, was a project that he considered might be reasonably entertained on more grounds than one.
Report on the countries in the neighbourhood of the Niger
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