• SOCIO-POLITICAL ORGANISATION OF OLD CALABAR
    POLITICAL HISTORY

    SOCIO-POLITICAL ORGANISATION OF OLD CALABAR

    The people of Old Calabar are found in Cross-River State of Nigeria. They were originally called Akwa Akpa by the Efik people till the coming of Europeans, who first pronounced it as Calabar or calabash. The major towns and groups that made old Calabar included: Duke Town, Creek Town, Henshaw Town, Efik, Akum, Ikot Ansa, Ikot Ishie, Kasuk, Ikom Omin and Obutong. Old Calabar has been a major seaport in Nigeria since the 16th century. It was popular during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It retained its prominence during the period of legitimate trade in palm oil, palm kernel and European manufactured goods. The people of old Calabar witnessed early Christian…

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