Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900) was an English writer and trailblazing woman explorer whose reports of her experiences in Africa, and her championing of the dignity of indigenous Africans and their customs, shed a new light on the continent for European audiences. She died in South Africa during the Second Boer War, serving as a nurse.
Travels in West Africa (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): Congo Français, Corisco and Cameroonsby Mary Kingsley
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Following the death of her parents in 1892, Mary Kingsley set out to finish her father's anthropological studies in West Africa. She went deep into the jungles where she fought off crocodile and leopard alike. Published in 1897, Travels in West Africa is an account of her second journey to the continent, written with reserves of good humor and a profound sympathy for her subject.
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