TEXT OF BLANK PRINTED TREATY FORM USED FOR COLONIALIZATION OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA

We, the undersigned Chiefs of . . . . . . . ,
with the view of bettering the condition
of our country and people, do this day
cede to the Royal Niger Company
(Chartered and Limited), for ever, the
whole of our territory extending from
………………..

We also give to the said Royal Niger
Company (Chartered and Limited) full
power to settle all native disputes
arising from any cause whatever, and
we pledge ourselves not to enter into
any war with other tribes without the
sanction of the said Royal Niger
Company (Chartered and Limited).

We understand that the said Royal
Niger Company (Chartered and
Limited) have full power to mine, farm,
and build in any portion of our country.

We bind ourselves not to have any
intercourse [i.e., transactions or
communications] with any strangers or
foreigners except through the said
Royal Niger Company (Chartered and
Limited).

In consideration of the foregoing, the
said Royal Niger Company (Chartered
and Limited) bind themselves not to
interfere with any of the native laws or
customs of the country, consistently
with the maintenance of order and
good government.

The said Royal Niger Company
(Chartered and Limited) agree to pay
native owners of land a reasonable
amount for any portion they may
require.

The said Royal Niger Company
(Chartered and Limited) bind
themselves to protect the said Chiefs
from the attacks of any neighbouring
aggressive tribes.

The said Royal Niger Company
(Chartered and Limited) also agree to
pay the said Chiefs ………………… native
value.

We, the undersigned witnesses, do
hereby solemnly declare that the
………………… Chiefs whose names are
placed opposite their respective crosses
have in our presence affixed their
crosses of their own free will and
consent, and that the said ………………….
has in our presence affixed his
signature.

Done in triplicate at ………………….. this
………………day of …………….. , 188. .
Declaration by Interpreter.
I, …………………. of ……………… , do hereby
solemnly declare that I am well
acquainted with the language of the
…………………….. country, and that of the
……..day of ……… , 188. , I truly and
faithfully explained the above
Agreement to all the Chiefs present,
and that they understood its meaning.https://m.facebook.com/panafricanliberationmovement?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C1870716091

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