The AEHN provides a unique opportunity to strengthening African economic history by providing primary data sets. The data is free to use but the principal investigator must be cited.
Prices and quantities for over 50 different African commodities traded with the United Kingdom and France between 1825 and 1939. The nearly 10,000 observations underlying the African Commodity Trade Database are freely available as long as reference is made to: Frankema, E., Williamson, J., & Woltjer, P. (2015). An economic rationale for the african scramble: The commercial transition and the commodity price boom of 1845-1885 (No. w21213). National Bureau of Economic Research.
Latest version: ACTD_database_v01.xlsx
Terms of trade for West Africa: ACTD_terms_of_trade_WA.xlsx
– Prices and quantities African commodities, 1730-1808
– Coastal prices African commodities French colonies, 1885-1939
The data was collected by the Rural Environment History Group at the Wageningen University. For comments and suggestions please send an email to Pieter Woltjer (email@example.com).
Annual Colonial reports for the following countries are made available online by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Other reports include Kenya, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Gambia, Nigeria, Basutoland, Swaziland, Uganda
Moradi, A. and S. Mylavarapu (2008). Men under Arms in Colonial Africa: East African Forces.
Leys, N. M. and T. A. Joyce (1913). Note on a Series of Physical Measurements from East Africa. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 43(1): 195-267
Source: Fourie, J. And Von Fintel, D. (2010) ‘The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, pre-industrial society’, Cliometrica 4(3): 229-267
Source: Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present‘ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931
Note: The population estimates in the data set are best guesses based on projections and best guesses, and do not represent actual population counts. For a description of the methods used to reach the annual population totals please see Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present’ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931. The authors welcome comments and suggestions for improvements of the database.