9780486424903

Travels in West Africa

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486424903

  • ISBN10:

    0486424901

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-23
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

Upon her sudden freedom from family obligations, a sheltered Victorian spinster traded her stifling middle-class existence for an incredible expedition in the Congo. Mary Kingsley traversed uncharted regions of West Africa alone, on foot, collecting specimens of local fauna and trading with natives--a remarkable feat in any era, but particularly for a woman of the 1890s. After hacking her way through jungles, being fired upon by hostile tribesmen and attacked by wild animals, Kingsley emerged with no complaint more serious than a pair of tired feet. She undertook her exploits in the traditional garb of her era but lived as a native, and she found herself drawn into the life and problems of the region: its diversity of customs and beliefs; its geography and natural history; its trade network; the impact of missionaries; and many other issues of the day. Her account of her experiences, suffused with an infectious good humor, was published to immediate success in 1897 and remains a compelling tale of adventure. Unabridged republication of Travels in West Africa, Congo Fran├žais, Corisco and Cameroons, published by Macmillan and Co., Limited, London in 1897. 42 halftones.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(10)
Liverpool to Sierra Leone
11(15)
The Gold Coast
26(16)
Fernando Po and the Bubis
42(31)
Lagos Bar
73(11)
Voyage Down Coast
84(16)
Libreville and Glass
100(23)
The Ogowe
123(29)
Talagouga
152(14)
The Rapids of the Ogowe
166(26)
Lembarene
192(39)
From Kangwe to Lake Ncovi
231(26)
From Ncovi to Esoon
257(37)
From Esoon to Agonjo
294(14)
Bush Trade and Fan Customs
308(25)
Down the Rembwe
333(20)
Congo Francais
353(29)
The Log of the Lafayette
382(28)
From Corisco to Gaboon
410(19)
Fetish
429(29)
Fetish---(Continued)
458(25)
Fetish---(Continued)
483(18)
Fetish---(Continued)
501(20)
Fetish---(Concluded)
521(27)
Ascent of the Great Peak of Cameroons
548(19)
Ascent of the Great Peak of Cameroons---(Continued)
567(14)
The Great Peak of Cameroons---(Continued)
581(11)
The Great Peak of Cameroons---(Concluded)
592(17)
The Islands in the Bay of Amboises
609(128)
APPENDIX
I. Trade and Labour in West Africa
631(50)
II. Disease in West Africa
681(11)
III. Dr. A. Gunther on Reptiles and Fishes
692(26)
IV. Orthoptera, Hymenoptera, and Hemiptera
718(16)
V. The Invention of the Cloth Loom
734(3)
Index 737

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