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M. le Comte, C. N. de Cardi, John Harford, M. H. Kingsley
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108022019

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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 second book, published in 1899, 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. 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. She opposed direct colonial rule, and wanted Africans to have more self-determination. Her observations and interests are wide-ranging, and she showed an acute and sympathetic understanding of West African culture and society. For more information on this author, see

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108022019
    • length: 722 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 40 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introductory
    2. Sierra Leone and its surroundings
    3. African characteristics
    4. Fishing in West Africa
    5. Fetish
    6. Schools of fetish
    7. Fetish and witchcraft
    8. African medicine
    9. The witch doctor
    10. Early trade in West Africa
    11. French discovery of West Africa
    12. Commerce in West Africa
    13. The Crown Colony system
    14. The Crown Colony system in West Africa
    15. More of the Crown Colony system
    16. The clash of cultures
    17. An alternative plan
    18. African property
    1. A short description of the natives of the Niger Coast Protectorate, with some account of their customs, religion, trade, etc. M. le Comte C. N. de Cardi
    2. A voyage to the African oil rivers twenty-five years ago John Harford
    3. Trade goods used in the early trade with Africa as given by Barbot and other writers of the seventeenth century M. H. Kingsley

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    Mary Kingsley


    M. le Comte, C. N. de Cardi, John Harford, M. H. Kingsley

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