The study of the colonial impact continues to provoke scholarly research. This book is a socio-economic study which examines the social and economic consequences of the colonial economy on the people and society of the Western Delta of Nigeria. It makes a remarkable contribution to the study of colonial economy and its effects through a multi- and cross-disciplinary approach. It breaks new grounds and explores new dimensions which include a gender-based analysis of the growth of indigenous entrepreneurs and a comparative discussion of their contribution to the modernization of their communities. This distinguishes it from earlier works which overlook such crucial themes. In addition to its unique methodology, this book throws new insights into the question of the colonial economy.