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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 http://orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=kingma
Table of Contents
Sierra Leone and its surroundings
Fishing in West Africa
Schools of fetish
Fetish and witchcraft
The witch doctor
Early trade in West Africa
French discovery of West Africa
Commerce in West Africa
The Crown Colony system
The Crown Colony system in West Africa
More of the Crown Colony system
The clash of cultures
An alternative plan
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
A voyage to the African oil rivers twenty-five years ago John Harford
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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