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what were the effects of the Uganda railway?

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The construction of the line brought far reaching political economic and social effects on the people of east Africa and the were

Transport and communication from the interior to the coast was eased Uganda was therefore opened up for exploitation of natural resources. The journey that used to take months now was covered in weeks

The line stimulated economic growth and promoted international and local trade.agricultural produce could now be exported using the railway.after the line had reached Kampala it was extended to areas of agricultural potential like soroti and pakwach.copper in kasese was also exploited

The construction of the line stimulated the growing of cash crop.Kenneth borup introduced cotton in Kenya Charles Eliot also encouraged the growing of cash crops.

Towns developed especially along the railway routes such towns included kisumu Nakuru and eldoret tororo jinja

There was loss of lives those who proved stubborn refusing the line to pass through their lands were killed

The Mandi leader kiotale and many of the Mandi were killed to allow construction work go on
The construction of the line brought the Indians into the interior of east Africa.some of the coolie remained back and started business

It caused an influx of Europeans. Into east Africa and the came to trade and do agriculture for example the white settlers took over the highlands of Kenya which later led to racism.

The influx of the whites led to political conflicts between the Asians and the whites

The construction of the line led to the creation of employment opportunities for many people some were employed as locomotive drivers traffic officers and station managers which improved the lives of people in east Africa.

The line save the lives of kamba who had famine from locusts drought and rinderpest since food like rice could be ferried in time

The British administration of Uganda was made easy since transportation of administrators and troops was made simple

This made east Africans lose their independence since it gave the British firm support to effect their policies

The construction of the line brought slave trade and human porterage to an end since it made slaves useless
The British introduced the hut tax in 1902 since they had spent a lot of money on the construction of the Uganda railway hence had to recover back what was spent

Transportation Costa were greatly reduced and economic exploitation eased since it was easy to transport goods

A new monetary system was introduced,the Indian traders introduced the Indian rupee which was later followed by coins and paper money.

The line led to development of feeder roads which were constructed to connect to places were good were located

Western civilization and evangelism was eased because the movement of missionaries was made easy.

This led to spread of Christianity, construction of schools and hospitals in east Africa

Africans like the Mandi lost their land were the line past and some was taken over by the white settlers

There was a boost of industrial development due to the presence of the raw !materials.
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