Travels in West Africa

Travels in West Africa

by Mary H. Kingsley
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Travels in West Africa by Mary H. Kingsley

Mary H. Kingsley (1862-1900) was an English writer and explorer who, in 1893, set out to complete the work of her father in the study of sacrificial rites and fetishes. She arrived in Sierra Leone and spent the next four years living with local people, learning the skills necessary to survive the African jungles. Although she was trained as a nurse, most people at the time were shocked that a single, unaffiliated woman would brave such dangerous expeditions. After a second trip to Africa, Kingsley published her first major work, "Travels in West Africa" (1897). The book was an immediate best-seller, and popular for its honest and realistic depiction of life as a native African and British imperialistic influence. Kingsley's works drew attention to native religion and law in West Africa, prompting the formation of activist groups after the author's sudden death from Typhoid on her third trip to Africa.

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ISBN-13: 9781412165297
Publisher: eBooksLib
Publication date: 04/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,229,189
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Mary Henrietta Kingsley (1862-1900) was an English writer and explorer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and African people. Kingsley was born in Islington. She was the daughter of George Kingsley (himself a travel writer) and Mary Bailey, and the niece of Charles Kingsley. Her father was a doctor and worked for George Herbert, 13th Earl of Pembroke. Her mother was an invalid and Mary was expected to stay at home and look after her. Mary had little formal schooling but she did have access to her father's large library and loved to hear her father's stories of foreign countries. Her father died in February 1878. Her mother also died just five weeks later. Freed from her family responsibilities, and with an income of £500 a year, Mary was now able to travel. Mary decided to visit Africa to collect the material she would need to finish off a book that her father had started on the culture of the people of Africa.

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

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Travels In West Africa (Large Print Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life's early difficulties often lay the groundwork for later genius. Mary Kingsley was kept in almost complete isolation from Victorian society by her family, and, as a young woman, single-handedly managed the physical upkeep of her family's house. Her education was primarily from her absent adventurer-gentleman father's eclectic library, and all this produced a clear-thinking, capable adventurer in her own right. Written in a highly entertaining style, VERY similar to Mark Twain's, with NO pomposity and a clear respect for the indigenous West African (in present-day Nigeria, Gabon and Sierra Leone) people she met on her travels - this is a landmark book for anyone who enjoys autobiographies, humor, history and adventure. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Omnivorous_Reader More than 1 year ago
Mary Kingsley has so far been an unrecognized genius - raised within the confines of a Victorian home, she set out after her parents' death to fill the African philosophy void that existed among her adventurer-doctor father's works. "But Africa was kind to me and interested me and didn't want to kill me just yet" - self-educated Mary Kingsley developed her own writer's voice with much the same descriptive wry observations as Mark Twain. She returned to England with a new perspective on re-vamping Colonial government of British Africa and gave lectures, as well as advised and mentored many in the Free Congo movement. This book features epiphanies of insight and top-notch humor on almost every page. Just. Brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago