oa East African Geographical Review - Towards a settlement geography of Uganda

Volume 1968, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1937-6812



My title deliberately echoes that of Dr. Posnansky in his discussion of the historical geography of Uganda a few years ago (Posnansky, 1963). As yet there is relatively little published geographical material on the geography of settlements in Uganda. The same limitation applies to much of tropical Africa, especially to the English-speaking parts. One can read the bulk of several recent texts on Africa and emerge with very little idea of the types of houses and settlements in which most of its people still live. The capitals and the major ports, which have been given more attention, are not typical. If a fuller settlement geography of countries of Africa is to be developed it must come largely from the studies of younger African geographers. This is why I have chosen the theme. I shall try to outline a framework of study, attempt to place within this some existing contributions, and suggest some ways in which a more substantial and coherent construction may be achieved. I believe there is work to be done at all levels, some of it well suited to team study in the schools, and some to undergraduate essays or dissertations.

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