Central and East Africa: 1880 To the Present : From by Daniel E. Harmon

By Daniel E. Harmon

-- a sequence that information the exploration, annexation, and improvement of the African continent by way of Europeans in the course of nineteenth century colonization and its results on modern day Africa -- Generously illustrated volumes with infrequent and strange pictures from the files of the Royal Geographical Society

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D. 1000, the Hutu people moved into the region and soon outnumbered the Twa. Another major group, the Tutsi, arrived during the 1400s and became the rulers of the land. 31 32 Central and East Africa Tutsi and Hutu Chiefs, c. 1911 These Tutsi and Hutu chiefs were photographed in Rwanda-Burundi near Lake Kivu and the Ugandan border. From 1894 to 1918, Rwanda and Burundi were part of German East Africa. German commercial interests began to make inroads in this area in the early 1880s, and German governmental claims to the region were officially recognized by other European powers between 1885 and 1894.

1920 The Kibali Forest is in the region of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu. Note that the boy is wearing bark cloth. Traditionally worn in parts of Uganda, bark cloth is made from the inner bark of certain trees, which is soaked and beaten to reduce the thickness. It is usually dyed and often painted. 62 Central and East Africa Ugandan Ruler, c. 1907–1918 Creating the Colonies Europeans knew, would make it difficult for the Africans to unify against foreign rule. Uganda as a colony, with its seat of government at Entebbe, was very different in nature from neighboring Kenya.

Other area chiefs, however, agreed to British-crafted treaties. The whites gave these native tribes token representation in the colonial government, but they claimed large areas of land for Britain and imposed taxes on the natives who lived there. Black chiefs continued to serve as judges over matters concerning their own people but weren’t allowed to resolve legal matters in which whites were concerned directly. In short, friendly tribal chiefs provided a useful buffer between the white colonial leaders and the black laboring class.

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