chapter  11
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The Colonial Church Question in Lagos Politics, 1905–11

From its beginnings, British expansion overseas had its religious side: it was a spread of the Christian creed as well. Of greater interest, perhaps, is the fact that the organic link between Church and State, only partially demolished in the latter half of the Victorian era, was provided in some measure in those parts of the terrestrial globe such as Canada, Australasia, or South Africa to which British citizens transferred themselves permanently. But even in areas where the British established themselves merely as rulers-such as the West Indies and India-the Established Church was associated with the Colonial administration, usually in the form of a Colonial Church with a Bishop and a Colonial Chaplain as Government employees.