NUPE , formerly an
See also:independent state of W . Africa, now a province in the
See also:protectorate of
See also:Nigeria . Under
See also:rule, Nupe occupied both
See also:banks of the Niger for a distance of some 150 M. above the
See also:Benue confluence . Only the
See also:part of Nupe
See also:north of the Niger now constitutes the province;
See also:area 6400 sq. m.; estimated pop. about 15o,000 . It is in many portions highly cultivated, and owing to its admirable
See also:water supply is likely to prove particularly valuable as a
See also:field for the extensive cultivation of
See also:cotton .
See also:Bida (q.v.), the capital, is connected by railway (built 1907—1908) with Baro, a
See also:port on the Niger 70 M. above
See also:Lokoja . Nupe had an
See also:ancient and very interesting. constitution of which the leading features were adopted by the Fula when their rule was established about the
See also:year 1859 . Bida was founded in that year . Nupe was conquered by the troops of the Niger
See also:Company in 1897, and the legal status of
See also:slavery was then nominally abolished . The company was, however, unable to occupy the
See also:country, and on the withdrawal of its troops the deposed emir returned . In 1901 it became necessary to subdue Nupe a second
See also:time . British troops marched to Bida .
The emir fled without fighting and was deposed . Another emir was appointed in hisplace, took the
See also:oath of
See also:allegiance to the British
See also:crown, and worked cordially with the British
See also:resident who was stationed at Bida . The province is divided into three administrative districts—Bida, Lapai and Agaie . These are again divided into nine native districts, five to the west and four to the east of the Kaduna
See also:river . Provincial courts of
See also:justice have been established . See NIGERIA, BIDA . For an interesting account of the ancient constitution of Nupe see " The Fulani Emirates of
See also:Northern Nigeria," by Major J . A . Burdon in the Geo Journ., vol.
See also:xxiv (
See also:London, 1904) .
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