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WEST AFRICAN COLONIES

217

Revenue

1893

1894

1895

£

142,049

230,076

97,851

20,561

1896

£

179,745

237,460

96,109

26,172

1897

Lagos .... Gold Coast . Sierra Leone . Gambia ....

£ 115,317

201,783 92,769 31,899

£

137,017

218,261

98,838

23,798

£

177,421

237,857

106,008

39,415

Total .

441,768

477,914

491,537 j 539,486 1 560,701

Leading item of revenue (1897) : Customs, Lagos, 159,819Z. ; Gold Coast, 199,807Z. ; Sierra Leone, 87,093Z. ; Gambia, 31,463Z.

The luiblic debt of Sierra Leone (1897), consists of a loan originally of 50,000Z., of which 25,000Z. is outstanding. The others have no public debt.

Imports

1893

1894 1895

1806

1897

£ 770,511 910,540 457,389 176,328

Lagos Gold Coast Sierra Leone . Gambia .

Total .

£

749,027 718,353 417,466 166,509

£ 744,561 812,830 478,025 130,349

£

815,815

931,537

427,337

97,399

£ 901,475 910,211 ^.94,688 110,324

2,051,355

2,165,765 |2, 272, 088 ,2,416,698

2,314,768

The chief imports (1897) of Lagos were : cotton goods, 302,477/. ; spirits, 63,870Z.; tobacco, 17,356/. Gold Coast : cottons, 237,766/. ; spirits, 87,657/. ; tobacco, 16,870/. Sierra Leone : cottons, 147,950/. ; spirits, 16,985/. ; tobacco, 21,350/. Gambia: cotton goods, 56,983/.; spirits, 2,344/.; tobacco, hardware. According to the Board of Trade returns, the total imports into the United Kingdom in 1897 from the West African colonies amounted to 1,801,795/. ; and the exports of British produce and manufactures to these colonies amounted to 1,258,299/.

Exports

1893

1894

1895

1896

1897

Lagos Gold Coast Sierra Leone . Gambia .

Total .

£ 836,295 722,107 398,664 204,721

£

821,682 850,343 426,499 149,143

£

985,595

877,804

452,604

93,537

£ 975,263 792,111 449,033 116,981

£

810,975

857,793 400,748 165,894

2,161,787 2,247,667 |2, 409,540

2,333,388

2,235,410

Chief exports (1897) from Lagos: palm kernels, 306,834/.; palm-oil, 97,591/.; rubber, 283,184/. Gold Coast : rubber, 419,813/.; palm-oil,