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Village in Manyuema

Across Africa

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Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894), author of this book, was the first European to cross Equatorial Africa, coast to coast and mostly on foot.  His original mission was to search for the missing explorer David Livingstone, but soon after leaving Zanzibar (an island off Africa’s east coast...Read More
Cameron's camp at Lupanda

Across Africa

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Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-1894), author of this account, was the first European to cross Equatorial Africa, coast to coast and mostly on foot. His original mission was to search for the missing explorer David Livingstone, but soon after leaving Zanzibar (an island off Africa’s east coast)...Read More
Cape Town in watercolors

Cape Town

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Ronald Cohen, architect and artist, was born in South Africa and later moved to London where he succeeded as an interior designer. On holidays, he traveled and painted widely in Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Africa, always drawn to different varieties of architecture.  “But...Read More
Mangbetu woman

La Croisiere Noire

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The Expedition Citroën crossed Africa (from October 1924 to June 1925) to establish a reliable automobile link between French territories in West Africa and Madagascar. Tourists, businessmen, and government officials would be able to travel in comfort, riding in Citroën’s new half-track...Read More
Bamana woman richly dressed

Esquisses Senegalaises

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Authentic early images of West Africans are rare—and quite sought after. David Boilat offers us just such a portfolio in Esquisses Sénégalaises, published in 1853. The twenty-four color plates are remarkable for their attention to details of clothing, jewelry, hair styles, skin color, and...Read More
Great Benin

Great Benin

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The British Punitive Expedition against the Kingdom of Benin in 1897 spawned an outpouring of curiosity about this African kingdom, its stunning bronze sculpture (confiscated booty), and its tyrannical king. H. Long Roth’s Great Benin is one of the classic pieces of literature written about Benin....Read More
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In Darkest Africa

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Volume 1 of 2, this account of Henry M. Stanley’s adventures to “save” Emim Pasha, Governor of Equatoria (present day South Sudan), was wildly popular and published in six languages. One of the greatest feats in African travel, Stanley traveled thousands of miles in his claims to the great...Read More
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In Darkest Africa

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Volume 2 of 2, this account of Henry M. Stanley’s adventures to “save” Emim Pasha, Governor of Equatoria (present day South Sudan), was wildly popular and published in six languages. One of the greatest feats in African travel, Stanley traveled thousands of miles in his claims to the great...Read More
A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa

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The 17 hand-colored prints of early-19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. The image shown here, "Camel conveying a bride to her husband," (opposite page 299) is one of the...Read More
Robert Campbell, Jamaican explorer in Nigeria

A Pilgrimage to my Motherland

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In the 1850s, life was hard for free black Americans, and many were considering emigration to Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, or Africa. Debate was fierce. In 1854, the National Emigration Convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio, began to consider the African option proposed by Harvard...Read More

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