Travel Sketches from Liberia: Johann Büttikofer's 19th Century Rainforest Explorations in West Africa

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Henk Dop, Phillip Robinson
BRILL, Oct 4, 2012 - History - 870 pages
In the 1880s a Swiss-born biologist, Johann B ttikofer, while working for the Royal Museum of Natural History in Leiden, The Netherlands, carried out two extended expeditions to Liberia, West Africa. In 1890 he published the results of his work in German in two-volumes, entitled "Reisebilder aus Liberia" (Travel Sketches from Liberia). B ttikofer worked extensively in the forested regions of coastal Liberia and made the acquaintance of many prominent Liberians and other personalities of that era. His zoological work there is actually exceeded by his detailed descriptions of the state of Liberia some 50 years following its colonization by freed American slaves and their descendents. It constitutes the first comprehensive monograph on the Republic of Liberia.
 

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Contents

Dedication
4
Preface
5
Introduction
7
Literature
15
Chapter One Journey to Monrovia
19
Chapter Two Monrovia
35
Chapter Three General character of the land
55
Chapter Four Voyage to Mühlenburg mission and stay with Mr Day
75
The Liberians
407
Chapter One The founding and development of the free state until its declaration of independence 18161847
409
Chapter Two The free state of Liberia from its independence until present
439
Chapter Three The public economy and mercantile conditions
475
Chapter Four Products of the land and their exploitation agriculture and agricultural economy
503
Chapter Five The life of the Liberians Social conditions
537
The Natives
563
Chapter Six Political and social conditions
565

Chapter Five Plant life
89
Chapter Six Journey to Bavia and stay there
107
Chapter Seven On reconnaissance Relocation to our station Soforeh Place
129
Chapter Eight A raid for victuals towards the west Journey to Monrovia Hunting forays
145
Chapter Nine Further adventures Withdrawal to Monrovia
163
Chapter Ten Stay in the district of Grand Cape Mount until Salas death
177
Chapter Eleven A hunting trip into the interior
201
Chapter Twelve Further adventures Return to Europe
225
Chapter Thirteen Second journey to Liberia and visit to Grand Cape Mount
247
Chapter Fourteen Journey to Schieffelinsville our station at the Junk River and first stay there
271
Chapter Fifteen Sojourn at the Du Queah River
291
Chapter Sixteen Journey to Monrovia and to the falls of the Du Queah
313
Chapter Seventeen Further experiences
339
Chapter Eighteen To the ports of eastern Liberia Return to Europe
355
Volume II
404
Volume II
405
Chapter Seven Anthropological aspects Clothing and jewellery Dwellings
589
Chapter Eight Negro languages
611
Chapter Nine Diet occupations and character of the natives
623
Chapter Ten Everyday life ways and customs Islam and Christianity
663
The Animal World
705
Chapter Eleven Mammals
707
Chapter Twelve Birds
753
Chapter Thirteen Reptiles and amphibians Fish Invertebrates
791
Appendices
821
Zoological Publications on Our Collections from Liberia Notes from the Leyden Museum
823
Listing of the Liberian Animal Specimens Elaborated to Date
825
Literature Cited
837
Index
843
Map of Liberia
868
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Henk Dop, M.Sc. (1982), is a biologist trained at the Free University of Amsterdam. He has been engaged in Africa-related studies and activities for the past three decades. He worked with the Forestry Development Authority in Liberia in 1986-87 and has since then remained active in conservation work in that country. Phillip T. Robinson, M.S., D.V.M. (1972), Michigan State University, is a veterinary surgeon and wildlife biologist who has been engaged in wildlife conservation work in Liberia since 1968. He has conducted field studies in Liberia under the sponsorship of the World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic Society and World Bank, and he is on the research faculty at the University of Toledo (Ohio).

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