A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome: Volume 1

A Mission to Gelele, King of Dahome: Volume 1

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Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) the famous Victorian explorer, began his career in the Indian army in 1842. While in India he developed his linguistic talent, mastering more than forty different languages and dialects. He turned to writing books in the 1850s and, over the remaining forty years of his life, published dozens of works and more than one hundred articles. He spent part of his career as British consul in Fernando Po (present-day Equatorial Guinea) in West Africa, and used this as an opportunity to explore the region. In 1861, he was sent on a mission, recounted in this two-volume work of 1864, to Dahomey (present-day Benin) to urge the king to put a stop to the local slave trade. In Volume 1 Burton tells of his voyage along the West African coast and arrival in Dahomey, where he is presented to the king.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139004123
  • 9781139004121

Table of contents

Preface; 1. I fall in love with Fernando Po; 2. I do not become 'fast friends' with Lagos; 3. We enter Whydah in state; 4. A walk round Whydah; 5. From Whydah to Allada, the half-way house; 6. From Allada to Agrime; 7. Small reception at Agrime, and arrival at Kana, the King's country quarters; 8. The procession; 9. The reception; 10. The march to Agbome; 11. The King enters his capital; 12. The presents are delivered; 13. Of the grand customs and the annual customs generally; 14. The King's 'So-sin custom'.show more