Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa: Being a Journal of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Auspices of H.B.M.'s Government, in the Years 1849-1855, Volume 1

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Harper & Brothers, 1857 - Africa, Central - 657 pages

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Page xiii - to the west (as will be seen in my narrative), abounds in these products. The natives of these regions not only weave their own cotton, but dye their home-made shirts with their own indigo. The river, the far-famed Niger, which gives access to these regions by means of its eastern branch, the
Page xi - But this, unfortunately, forms only a small part of the evil. There can be no doubt that the most horrible topic connected with slavery is slave-hunting; and this is carried on, not only for the purpose of supplying the foreign market, but, in a far more extensive degree, for supplying the wants of domestic slavery.
Page 439 - the unmistakable marks of the comfortable, pleasant sort of life led by the natives: the court-yard fenced with a " derne" of tall reeds, excluding to a certain degree the eyes of the passer-by, without securing to the interior absolute secrecy; then, near the entrance, the cool,
Page xiv - the regions of Central Africa there exists not one and the same stock, as in South Africa, but the greatest diversity of tribes, or rather nations, prevails, with idioms entirely distinct. The great and momentous struggle between Islamism and Paganism is here continually going on, causing every day the most painful and affecting results, while the miseries arising from slavery and the
Page 440 - while the roof consists of reeds only ("shibki"); but, of whatever material it may consist, it is warm and well adapted for domestic privacy—the whole dwelling shaded with spreading trees, and enlivened with groups of children, goats, fowls, pigeons, and, where a little wealth had been accumulated, a horse or a pack-ox.
Page 498 - a caravan from Gonja arriving with the desired kolanut, chewed by all who have " ten kurdi" to spare from their necessary wants, or a caravan laden with natron, starting for Nupe, or a troop of A'sbenawa going off with their salt for the neighboring towns, or some Arabs leading their camels, heavily laden with the luxuries of the north and east
Page iii - Having undertaken this journey quite alone, I spent nearly my whole time with the Arabs, and familiarized myself with that state of human society where the camel is man's daily companion, and the culture of the date-tree his chief occupation.
Page 258 - us talk a little. We must die; what is the use of sitting so mute ?" For some minutes death seemed really to hover over our heads, but the awful moment passed by. We had been discussing Mr. Richardson's last propositions for an attempt to escape with our lives, when, as a forerunner of the official messenger, the benevolent and kind-hearted
Page 511 - although there it comes in contact with the native industry of the country; and to the south it maintains a rivalry with the native industry of the I'gbira and I'gbo, while toward the southeast it
Page xiii - of the Arab and the Berber, the poor remnants of the vast empires of the Middle Ages, into a country dotted with splendid ruins from the period of the Roman dominion, through the wild roving hordes of the Tawarek, to the Negro and halfNegro tribes, and to the very border of the South African

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