Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country

Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country : With an Account of a Mission to Ras Ali in 1848

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In 1868, eight years after his death at the hands of Abyssinian tribesmen, the memoirs of Walter Chichele Plowden (1820-60) were published in Britain, having been prepared for publication by his brother Trevor. As the first British consul appointed to Abyssinia in 1848, Plowden was in a unique position to record contemporary local history (although as consul he was not an unequivocal success), and this book contains his detailed account of all levels of Abyssinian society. A close associate of the Emperor Tewodros (Theodore), who slaughtered 2,000 people in retaliation for Plowden's death, he includes a vivid characterisation of this important figure, and provides an exceptionally useful contemporary source for the turbulent history of Abyssinia in the mid-nineteenth century. The book also includes two maps, one of the northern frontier of Abyssinia drawn by Plowden himself, and the other modelled on the British War Office map of more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 1139051857
  • 9781139051859

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The north and west frontier of Abyssinia; 2. Abyssinia proper; 3. The military class; 4. Military class continued; 5. Religion in Abyssinia; 6. Medicine-men; 7. Merchants; 8. Hot springs of Goramba; 9. Country of the Wallo Gallas; 10. Visit to Dejaj Bourroo Goscho in Gojam; 11. A social party; 12. Plundering; 13. Lake Tsana; 14. Visit to the Gallo Country; 15. Attack by Gallas of Jimna; 16. Voyage from Massowah to Suez; 17. Voyage to Suez continued; 18. Mission to Ras Ali; 19. Mission to Ras Ali continued; 20. Mission to Ras Ali continued; 21. Mission to Ras Ali concluded; 22. Excursion to the Valley of the Wobas; 23. Abyssinia in 1848; 24. Political relations with Abyssinia; more