Treaty signed by the Alaafin of Oyo and the queen of Britain in 1888


On the 3rd of July, 1888, a treaty was signed by the then Alaafin of Oyo, Oba(king) Adeyemi 1 and the Queen of Britain and Ireland. 

The treaty was to enhance a cordial relationship between the Yoruba speaking towns and villages (headed by the Alaafin) and the Queen of Britain. 

The content of the treaty signed is as follows; 

  1. Henceforth, peace and friendship should reign between the subject of the Queen and the people under her protection and the Alaafin and those whom he has authority and influence on. 
  2. The people of the Queen may trade freely without any act of hatredness with the people of Oyo and the Yoruba speaking towns in anywhere they wish to buy and/or sell goods in Yoruba land. 
  3. British subjects and those under the protection of the Queen are to be firstly considered in all trade transactions. 
  4. No taxes shall be imposed on the people or properties or any person under the control and influence of her majesty.


National Archives, Ibadan


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