chapter  2
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Britain and Yorubaland in the Nineteenth Century

Anglo-Yoruba relations can be traced to the seventeenth century when many British slave dealers such as Archibald Dalzel and Robert Norris established themselves in Whydah, Allada, and Porto Novo, ports on the Atlantic seaboard extensively used then by the Ọyọ Yoruba. In the eighteenth century this contact was strengthened by British commercial activities in Badagry, a town already partly inhabited by the Yoruba. By the early years of the last century British traders had begun to visit Lagos and to record useful information on the politics, customs, and trading activities of the Yoruba inhabitants of this island and the adjacent Ijẹbuland.1