Conquering the Dark Continent; England's Battles with the Boers in the Transvaal ... and a History of Explanation, Discovery, Conquest and Development by All the Famous Travelers That Have Traversed the Dark Continent

Conquering the Dark Continent; England's Battles with the Boers in the Transvaal ... and a History of Explanation, Discovery, Conquest and Development by All the Famous Travelers That Have Traversed the Dark Continent

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...one of England's greatest heroes; In the same year he received the appointment of commander of the Royal Engineers at 220 ASSUMES COMMANI) OF A SOUDAN EXPEDITION. Gravesend, where he remained six years superintending the construction of the Thames defences. In 1871 he was made a member of the European Commission of the Danube, and spent eighteen months engineering improvements at the mouth of that river. In 1873 the Ashantees became very troublesome and were planning an attack on Cape Coast Castle, and otherwise seriously interfering with British trade on the coast of West Africa. A general request was almost immediately voiced by the press that Gordon should be appointed to take command of the forces it had been decided to send against the Ashantees; but while the popular demand was being urged there was a request for his services in a new field, where energy, adroituess and courage, such as his, were particularly necessary. Sir Samuel Baker had returned from the Soudan, as already described, but though partially successful in establishing Egyptian sovereignty in the Soudan, much yet remained to be done, and that, too, immediately, or else all of Baker's work would be speedily lost, leaving the Soudan in a more chaotic condition than before. In 1873 Gordon left Galatz, where he had been serving as vice-counsel of the Danubian Commission, and at the SOIlCItation of Nubar Pasha in the year following entered the ligyptian service. The Khedive proposed to give him $50,000 per annum for his services, but he refused to accept more than $10,000, the sum which he was then receiving from his own government. Baker had succeeded in bringing all the tribes of northern.-frica--south as far as the central lake basin and west to Lake...
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236857453
  • 9781236857453