• Uganda’s Trade Industry


Uganda`s Trade Through the Ages
  • Earliest
      History –

    Earliest History – Prehistoric Times - Earliest History – Prehistoric Times

    Long before East Africans came into contact with outside traders, traditional East African communities were exchanging goods and wares through barter trade, a system dating back to prehistoric times. At market days, which were a customary part of cultural life, some of the most valuable items of exchange were livestock, ironware, salt, weapons, beads, cowrie […]

  • Early
      Trade Developmrnt

    Early Trade Developmrnt - Early History Development of Trade Routes: 300 CE – 1300 CE

    East African coastal cities participated in a larger Afro-Asian trade network a thousand years before Vasco Da Gama peeked around the Cape of Good Hope to find the way to sail to India. Gujarati traders were already crisscrossing the ocean for biashara with the Swahili Coast of Eastern Africa. As far back as the 3rd c. CE, the banana, […]

  •   7CE

    7CE to 1900  - Slave Trade Opens Up Eastern Africa to Trade: 7 CE – 1900 CE

    Exports of slaves to the Muslim world via the Indian Ocean became more defined after Muslim Arab and Swahili traders won control of the Swahili Coast and sea routes during the 9th century. These traders captured Bantu peoples (Zanj) from the interior in the present-day lands of Kenya, Areas around lake Victoria, Mozambique and Tanzania and brought them to the coast. Muslim merchants traded an estimated 1000 East African slaves annually between […]

  •   1500CE to

    1500CE to 1900CE - The Development of Trade Routes: 1500 CE – 1900 CE

    As the slave industry kept on booming, other valuable trade products greatly desired by international markets were discovered within the heart of central Africa and were thus brought onto the market scene. Further inland, the Kamba, of what is now Kenya, and the Nyamwezi of erstwhile Tanganyika, formed the trader’s networks that linked the ports […]

  • 1800s
      to 1900s:

    1800s to 1900s: - Buganda Kingdom Paves the Way for International Trade in Uganda – 1800s – 1900s:

    Buganda Kingdom Paves the Way for International Trade in Uganda – 1800s – 1900s: Even with the development of new trade routes, until the middle of the 19th century, Uganda remained relatively isolated from the outside world. The central African lake region was a world in miniature, with an internal trade system, a great power […]

  • Uganda
      to 1890s

    Uganda to 1890s - Building The Uganda Railways to Facilitate Trade in Uganda – 1890s

    By the 1890s, 32,000 laborers from British India were recruited to East Africa under indentured labour contracts to construct the Uganda Railway. Most of the surviving Indians returned home, but 6,724 decided to remain in East Africa after the line’s completion. Subsequently, some became traders and took control of cotton ginning and sartorial retail. From […]

  • 1894
      to 1962

    1894 to 1962 - Uganda Trades as a British Protectorate: 1894 -1962

    Uganda Trades as a British Protectorate: 1894 -1962 The Protectorate of Uganda was a protectorate of the British Empire from 1894 to 1962. In 1893 the Imperial British East Africa Company transferred its administration rights of territory consisting mainly of the Kingdom of Buganda to the British government. In 1894 the Uganda Protectorate was established, […]

  • 1962
      to 1971

    1962 to 1971 - Uganda`s Independence and The Rise of Trade Unions 1962-1971

    Ugandan got her independence in 1962 and was officially named the Sovereign State of Uganda between 1963 and 1967 and had President King Muteesa 1 as her first President with Dr. Milton Obote as his Prime Minister, before becoming the Republic of Uganda upon the enactment of the 1967 constitution under the leadership of the […]

  • 1971
      to 1986

    1971 to 1986 - Uganda`s Trade & Industry Falls Even Further: 1971 – 1986

    Uganda`s Trade & Industry Falls Even Further: 1971 – 1986 Idi Amin Dada over threw Dr. Milton Obote and took over Uganda in 1971. The period 1971-86 both the Ugandan economy and the Ugandan society collapsed. Amin used nationalist, militarist rhetoric and ill-chosen economic policies to eliminate foreign economic interests and build up the military […]

  • 1980
      to 1985

    1980 to 1985 - Uganda`s First Futile Attempts at Trade and Economic recovery: 1980 – 1985

    Uganda`s First Futile Attempts at Trade and Economic recovery: 1980 – 1985 Amin was overthrown in 1979 by a coalition of domestic forces under the banner of the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) with strong support of the neighbouring Tanzanian army. Following Amin’s departure, successive governments attempted to restore international confidence in the economy through […]

  • 1986
      to 2020

    1986 to 2020 - Uganda Begins Her Road to Trade and Economic Recovery 1986-2020

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni assumed power in early 1986 after over throwing Tito Lutwa Okello. After seizing power in January 1986, the new NRM government published a political manifesto that had been drawn up when the NRM was an army of antigovernment rebels. Several points in the Ten-Point Program emphasized the importance of economic development, […]

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