BRASS , a
See also:town and
See also:district of
See also:British West Africa . The Brass river is one of the deltaic branches of the Niger, lying east of the Rio Nun or
See also:main channel of the river . From the point of divergence from the main stream to the
See also:sea the Brass has a course of about too m., its mouth being in 6° 20' E., 4 35' N . Brass town is a flourishing trading settlement at the mouth of the river . It is the headquarters of a district
See also:commissioner and the seat of a native
See also:court . Its most conspicuous
See also:building is a
See also:church, the
See also:gift of a native chief . The capital of the Brass tribes is Nimbe, 30 M . Up river . The Brass river, called by its Portuguese discoverers the Rio Bento, is said to have received its
See also:English name from the brassrods and other brass utensils imported by the early traders in
See also:exchange for palm-oil and slaves . The Brass natives, of the pure
See also:negro type, were noted for their savage character . In 1856 their chiefs concluded a treaty with
See also:Great Britain agreeing to give up the slave-
See also:trade in exchange for a
See also:duty on the palm-oil exported . Finding their profitable business as middlemen between the up-river producer and the exporter threatened by the appearance of
See also:European traders, they made ineffective complaints to the British authorities .
See also:establishment of the Royal Niger
See also:Company led to further loss of trade, and on the 29th of
See also:January 1895 the natives attacked and sacked the company's station at Akassa on the Rio Nun, over
See also:forty prisoners being killed and eaten as a sacrifice to the fetish gods . In the following
See also:month a punitive expedition partially destroyed Nimbe, and a heavy fine was paid by the Brass chiefs . Since then the
See also:country has settled down under British administration . The trade regulations of which complaint had been made were removed in 1900 on the establishment of the
See also:protectorate of Southern Nigeria (see NIGERIA) . Valuable information concerning the country and
See also:people will be found in the
See also:Report by
See also:Kirk on the Disturbances at Brass (Africa, No . 3, 1896) .
BRASIDAS (d.422 B.C.)
BRASS (O. Eng. braes)
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