Travels in West Africa, Congo Francais, Corisco and Cameroons

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Mary Kingsley (1862–1900) is one of the best-known Victorian women travellers, whose solo adventures in West Africa made her a celebrity in England. This, her first book, published in 1897, was an instant best-seller. She travelled extensively, engaging in trade both to fund her trip and to get to know the African people, rather than merely observing as an outsider. She brought back quantities of natural specimens, three of which were named after her. On her return to England she was asked to give numerous lectures. Some of her views were considered controversial - she opposed the attempts by missionaries to impose European culture on native people, and defended polygamy and even slavery. Her observations and interests are wide-ranging, and she showed an acute and sympathetic understanding of West African culture and society.

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Introduction; 1. Liverpool to Sierra Leone; 2. The Gold Coast; 3. Fernando Po and the Bubis; 4. Lagos Bar; 5. Voyage down coast; 6. Libreville and Glass; 7. The Ogowé; 8. Talagouga; 9. The rapids of the Ogowé; 10. Lembarene; 11. From Kangwe to Lake Ncovi; 12. From Ncovi to Esoon; 13. From Esoon to Agonjo; 14. Bush trade and fan customs; 15. Down the Rembwé; 16. Congo Français; 17. The log of the Lafayette; 18. From Corisco to Gaboon; 19. Fetish; 20. Fetish continued; 21. Fetish continued; 22. Fetish continued; 23. Fetish concluded; 24. Ascent of the Great Peak of Cameroons; 25. Ascent of the Great Peak of Cameroons continued; 26. The Great Peak of Cameroons continued; 27. The Great Peak of Cameroons concluded; 28. The Islands in the Bay of Amboises; Appendix; Index.

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