“The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.“
We came into these lands unknowing of what might have happened to us against these savage/uncivilized people. We built churches and government among them
I went on a tour and wasn't able to look over them directly, but those in control of the local churches helped tame the tribes. One in particular, Mr. Brown, had done well to help educate and understand them.
To fully control these people we need to understand them. Ive heard around that they have certain customs if you kill someone, even accidentally. More recently, one person who accidentally killed someone had come back to their original clan after seven years. I believe their name was Okonkwo.
Sadly, Mr.Brown, the one who helped establish a basic education, died but Mr. Smith had taken over for him. I had high hopes for him but I guess he couldn't control them because violence broke out afterward including the burning of ones home and a church after a python, that they regarded highly, had died. Such disgraceful actions.
At this time, I had come back from my tour and was ready to deal with the Umuofia problem and had sent a messenger to bring them to me. They had come under the assumption that we were to talk this out, which might have been a problem in translation, but they were judged under the law of our queen and punished accordingly by having to pay their way out.
After the clan paid the fines for their crimes and got back their leaders, one of those who was caught had killed a messenger that had gone to stop a meeting presumed to be against us. Those around him were shocked and questioned his actions. Later when we went to investigate him, we had found out that he had killed himself. His friend had said it was our fault, that we drove him to this but, it is easy to see he killed himself out of guilt for he knew he was in the wrong for killing one of us.