The influenza pandemic of 1918–19 and the spread of cassava cultivation on the lower Niger: a study in historical linkages

  title={The influenza pandemic of 1918–19 and the spread of cassava cultivation on the lower Niger: a study in historical linkages},
  author={Don C. Ohadike},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={379 - 391}
  • D. C. Ohadike
  • Published 1 July 1981
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of African History
A. G. Hopkins has observed that where new plants and seeds were adopted it was because they were seen as useful additions to the existing range of foods, or because they were regarded as good substitutes to the crops they displaced. This view is confirmed by a close study of the changing food patterns on the Lower Niger since 1520. Prior to 1919, cassava was hardly cultivated on the Lower Niger even though it was widely grown in the neighbouring Niger Delta. This was essentially because the… 

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