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Writers Of Salaga, Yendi, And Kete Krakye
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In the early nineteenth century there was a major expansion of Asante’s trade with Hausaland, a result in part of the rising demand for kola in the latter (Wilks (1971). Salaga, the zongo of the eastern Gonja divisional capital of Kpembe (8° 33’ N - 0° 30’ W), grew rapidly as merchants from more northerly markets moved in, established businesses, and in concert with Asante administrators stationed there, developed Salaga as a major entrepît. Its rise is chronicled in the Qiṣṣat Salghā wa-taʾrīkh Ghunjā of Maḥmūd b. ʿAbd Allāh (see p. 545 above). Concomitant was the growth of the zongo in the …

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“Writers Of Salaga, Yendi, And Kete Krakye”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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