Impressions of Western Africa: With Remarks on the Diseases of the Climate and a Report on the Peculiarities of Trade Up the Rivers in the Bight of Biafra

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858 - Africa, West - 313 pages
 

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