Hausaland : Or, Fifteen Hundred Miles through the Central Soudan

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Charles Henry Robinson (1861-1925) was a Cambridge scholar who, during the 1890s, published several books on the language, literature and culture of the Hausa people of West Africa. This study, published in 1896, documents his pioneering fieldwork during which, in three months, he travelled 1500 miles across rivers, mountains, villages and towns. Public interest in the Hausa was high at the time, due to their recruitment as troops by Britain in the Ashanti conflict, and by France to consolidate French power in Madagascar. However, Robinson argues against the perception of the Hausa as primarily a warlike people, despite their formidable strength in battle. In this vivid account of his time among them, he portrays the Hausa as successful traders who excelled above all in commercial endeavours. Exploring enterprises from textiles and tobacco to hunting and river transportation, Robinson gives fascinating first-hand insights into this important African more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 31 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139034545
  • 9781139034548

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The River Niger; 2. The Hausa Association; 3. Up the River Niger; 4. Loko to Kaffi; 5. Kaffi to Zaria; 6. Zaria; 7. Arrival at Kano; 8. Kano; 9. Slavery and slave-raiding; 10. Native medicines - leprosy, etc.; 11. Fauna and flora; 12. The Hausa language; 13. Mohammedanism in the Central Soudan; 14. The pilgrimage to Mecca; 15. Native customs, etc. - preparation for leaving Kano; 16. Kano to Birnin-Gwari; 17. Birnin-Gwari to Bida; 18. Bida to Egga; 19. Egga to Liverpool; Conclusion; Appendices; more