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Until 1893, Mary Kingsley led a secluded life in Victorian England. But at age 30, defying every convention of womanhood of the time, she left England for West Africa to collect botanical specimens for a book left unfinished by her father at his death. Traveling through western and equatorial Africa and becoming the first European to enter some parts of Gabon, Kingsleys storyas an explorer and as a womanwould become an enduring tale of adventure, ranking 18th on Adventure magazines list of the top 100 adventure books.
Originally published in 1895, and never out of print, Travels in West Africa is Kingsleys account of her dauntless travels, unaccompanied but for African guides, into Africas most dangerous jungles, where the tribes were reputed to be ferocious and cannibalistic. Along the way, she fought off crocodiles with a paddle, hit a leopard over the head with a pot, fell into an animal trap lined with sharpened sticks, and waded through swamps in chin-deep water. Despite her travails, Kingsley succeeded remarkably in this unknown place, establishing warm relationships with the natives and collecting more than 400 samples of plants and insects, some of which are now extinct.
Featuring an introduction that expertly sets Kingsleys adventure against the history of European exploration of Africa, Travels in West Africa is a unique and extraordinary contributionby an equally unique and extraordinary womanto the best of adventure writing.
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Follows the classic travel adventures of the late-nineteenth-century woman, who defied the conventions of Victorian England to complete her father's research in western and equatorial Africa, during which she forged warm relationships with the natives and survived surprising challenges. Reprint.