Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa

Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa

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Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) was a British explorer, officer, hunter, and conservationist, famous for his work in south-east Africa. In early 1882 he embarked on an eleven-year expedition to record species that, to his great sadness, were becoming endangered. First published in 1893, these revealing memoirs document the wildlife, landscapes and people that characterised his journey. Through vivid descriptions and extensive illustrations, he recalls exhilarating adventures with lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles, recounts challenging treks across lakes and mountains, and describes hostile - and at times barbaric - encounters with native peoples. Detailed accounts of hunting endeavours, colonial institutions, and commercial enterprises such as gold mining, also feature in this study, which provides a unique and diverse perspective on Africa in the late nineteenth century. Insightful and revealing, Selous' experiences remain of enduring interest to geographers, anthropologists, zoologists, and all those interested in African history and culture.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 58 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139034464
  • 9781139034463

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Return to England in 1881; 2. Drought and heat; 3. Collecting specimens of natural history; 4. Prepare for journey to the Mazoe and Sabi rivers; 5. First expedition sent by Lo Bengula against the Batauwani; 6. Break up camp; 7. Return to the Transvaal; 8. Ride to Bulawayo; 9. Chop out the tusks of the dead elephants; 10. Return to England in 1886; 11. A rough country; 12. Reach our first camp on the Magoi-ee river; 13. Resolve to visit the Barosti chief Lewanika; 14. Arrange for journey to the Upper Mazoe; 15. Leave Tete; 16. Mount Hampden; 17. Portuguese claim to Mashunaland; 18. Mashunaland; 19. Mashunaland continued; 20. The expedition to Mashunaland continued; 21. The expedition to Mashunaland continued; 22. History of the occupation of Manica by the British South Africa Company; 23. Reach Fort Salisbury; 24. Travel from Motoko's country to Umtali; 25. Remarks concerning the relative merits of large and small bore rifles; 26. Further hunting reminiscences; Index.
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