Travels in the Interior of Africa Volume 1

Travels in the Interior of Africa Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ... he becomes exasperated, and, expresses his fury by the most outrageous motions. Overcome, at length, by the loss of blood, and by his own useless exertions, he stands still. Seizing this opportunity, the hunters make a second discharge, and seldom fail of completing his destruction. The elephant is no sooner killed, than the hunters take off his skin; and stretching it upon the ground, let it remain till it dry. The flesh, of which some parts are reckoned very delicate, is cut into thin narrow pieces; and, for the purpose of preserving them, these pieces are dried in the sun. The teeth, that portion which the negroes consider as the most valuable, are cut from the head entire, with small hatchets. If the hunters fail in procuring an elephant before the provisions which they carried with them be exhausted, they generally return; but if they kill an elephant, and if they have sanguine hopes of being able to kill more, they feed upon the flesh, and on the wild honey which they often find in the woods, and persevere in the chase several months. The hunters seldom carry to the coast the ivory which they procure. They sell it to merchants, who travel in every part of the country, collecting a cargo, which they, in their turn, sell to tro Europeans. The hunters generally receive, in exchange for their ivory, arms and ammunition, articles which, in the interior of Africa, are greatly valued. Though ivory seems not to be scarce in this part of Africa, yet, in the opinion of Park, it is not so plentiful, nor are the teeth of so large a size, as in the regions more near the equator. The merchants who collect it, nevertheless, sometimes succeed in procuring each as much as is sufficient to load five asses. The weight of a tooth is from eighty to an hundred...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236552709
  • 9781236552709