The Ivory Coast in the Earlies: The Narrative of a Boy Trader's Adventures in the Seventies, Volume 1

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J. Cape, 1927 - Africa, West - 319 pages
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Fascinating real-life account of a young man sent to the African West coast to trade for English merchants. He ends up travelling the world, visiting America, South Africa, etc. The book was a runaway best-seller, and the author became famous as Trader Horn (the alias used, his real name was Aloysius Smith). A Hollywood movie was made based on the book. Then his world crumbled as he was accused of having invented it all on the grounds that "no-one could have done and seen so much". A fascinating sequel came about half a century later when Tim Couzens, a professor at Wits University in Johannesburg, set out to investigate if "Trader Horn" really did do all he said he did. His book, Tramp Royal tells an equally fascinating tale of an amazing life. Read them both.  

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