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Travels in West Africa

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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.

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An unabridged republication of the original account by Mary Kingsley of her solo journey into uncharted regions of the Congo. Undertaken when her parents died in 1892, the journey involved a sheltered unmarried Victorian woman in dangerous exploits hacking her way through jungle, surviving gunshots from hostile tribesmen and attacks from animals, and myriad unladylike forms of travel, all while garbed in the traditional constrictive clothing of the era. Her account is humorous and was published to great acclaim in 1897. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A sheltered Victorian spinster trades her mundane middle-class existence in the 1890s for an incredible expedition in the Congo. Recounted with an infectious good humor, the journey draws her into the diverse customs and beliefs of the area, its natural history, and many issues of the day. 42 halftones.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I

  LIVERPOOL TO SIERRA LEONE

CHAPTER II

  THE GOLD COAST

CHAPTER III

  FERNANDO PO AND THE BUBIS

CHAPTER IV

  LAGOS BAR

CHAPTER V

  VOYAGE DOWN COAST

CHAPTER VI

  LIBREVILLE AND GLASS

CHAPTER VII

  THE OGOWÉ

CHAPTER VIII

  TALAGOUGA

CHAPTER IX

  THE RAPIDS OF THE OGOWÉ

CHAPTER X

  LEMBARENE

CHAPTER XI

  FROM KANGWE TO LAKE NCOVI

CHAPTER XII

  FROM NCOVI TO ESOON

CHAPTER XIII

  FROM ESOON TO AGONJO

CHAPTER XIV

  BUSH TRADE AND FAN CUSTOMS

CHAPTER XV

  DOWN THE REMBWÉ

CHAPTER XVI

  CONGO FRANÇAIS

CHAPTER XVII

  THE LOG OF THE Lafayette

CHAPTER XVIII

  FROM CORISCO TO GABOON

CHAPTER XIX

  FETISH

CHAPTER XX

  FETISH-( Continued)

CHAPTER XXI

  FETISH-( Continued)

CHAPTER XXII

  FETISH-( Continued)

CHAPTER XXIII

  FETISH-( Concluded)

CHAPTER XXIV

  ASCENT OF THE GREAT PEAK OF CAMEROONS

CHAPTER XXV

  ASCENT OF THE GREAT PEAK OF CAMEROONS-( Continued)

CHAPTER XXVI

  THE GREAT PEAK OF CAMEROONS-( Continued)

CHAPTER XXVII

  THE GREAT PEAK OF CAMEROONS-( Concluded)

CHAPTER XXVIII

  THE ISLANDS IN THE BAY OF AMBOISES

APPENDIX

I. TRADE AND LABOUR IN WEST AFRICA

II. DISEASE IN WEST AFRICA

III. DR. A. GÜNTHER ON REPTILES AND FISHES

IV. "ORTHOPTERA, HYMENOPTERA, AND HEMIPTERA"

V. THE INVENTION OF THE CLOTH LOOM

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486424903
Author:
Kingsley, Mary H.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Kingsley, Mary H.
Author:
Kingsley, Mary Henrietta
Location:
Mineola, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Africa, West
Subject:
Africa, central
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Africa, West Description and travel.
Subject:
Kingsley, Mary Henrietta - Travel -
Subject:
TRAVEL / Africa
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 87
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.8 lb

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