This digital history project began in the national archives in Ghana. Interested in internal trade, I flipped through folders about preventative stations, trading routes, and markets. I continued to come across trade statistics maintained by colonial officials stationed along the Volta River and started to translate the information from paper files into a digital database. For me, the commodity data contained in the records reflects a social and economic history of West African communities connected by the traders who passed through the preventative stations. Volta River Commodities is a website that takes the first step in exploring that history by publishing the commodity database with contextual information.
A description of the documents in the Ghanaian national archives with trade statistics.