A Geographical Survey of Africa: Its Rivers, Lakes, Mountains, Productions, States, Populations, &c. with a Map of an Entirely New Construction, to which is Prefixed a Letter to Lord John Russell Regarding the Slave Trade and the Improvement of Africa

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Fellowes, 1840 - Africa - 303 pages

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Page 68 - ... the sides were perpendicular it was impossible to get down to the river. A stone thrown from the top was a long time before it reached the river. We had heard of the waterfall from various natives when we were travelling down the river, but none of them had seen it Several had seen the mist arising from it, but the sound had so terrified them they were afraid to approach it.
Page 25 - For information respecting the continent we must depend entirely on the natives, and it is often difficult to determine what is, and what is not the truth. Two trading expeditions from Zanzibar have lately been some hundred miles into the interior. With one the sultán sent a man for the express purpose of exploring.
Page 25 - I had opportunities of conversation with this individual, and likewise with one belonging to the other company. The result of all my inquiries and cross questions was somewhat as follows. One expedition which returned eighteen months ago was absent five months and eleven days. Seventy-five days were occupied in reaching the extent of their journey. The other expedition, by a more direct route, attained nearly the same distance in forty-five days. Eight or ten miles is probably the distance travelled...
Page 48 - Spring-tide ; though within there is Water enough. This River is the Principal of the Country of Natal, and has been lately frequented by some of our English Ships particularly by a small Vessel that Captain Rogers, formerly mentioned, commanded.
Page 48 - Yet it is interlaced with pleasant valleys and large plains, and 'tis checkered with natural groves and savannahs. Neither is there any want of water, for every hill affords little brooks, which glide down several ways ; some of which, after several turnings and windings, meet by degrees, and make up the river of Natal, which dischargeth itself into the East Indian Ocean, in the lat, of 30° south.
Page 21 - ... vicinity is healthy, this appears to be the one. A low rocky cliff bounds its limits; its flats are coral or sand, and the mangrove is scarce. There were two villages on the south shore, off one of which, about three miles up, I anchored. A projecting rocky point hung towering above us, and on it after a short time four of the natives appeared. They were perfectly black, of large stature and stout athletic make, and had nothing to cover them but a small dirty piece of cloth wrapped round their...
Page 27 - More dependence is to be placed on what was said by the Arabs, from the fact that they were given to understand by Mr. W. that it was very important to state the truth, as I should write what they said in a book. One of them exhibited great anxiety that I should understand the subject correctly and minutely.
Page 48 - They are nimble people, but very lazy, which probably is for want of commerce. Their chief employment is husbandry. They have a great many bulls and cows, which they carefully look after; for every man knows his own, though they run all promiscuously together in their savannahs; yet they have pens near their own houses, where they make them gentle, and bring them to the pail. They...
Page 49 - Rogers came hither and took them away with him; they had gained the language of the country; and the natives freely gave them wives and cows too. They were beloved by all the people, and so much reverenced, that their words were taken as laws. And when they...
Page 49 - They had gained the Language of the Country : and the Natives freely gave them Wives and Cows too. They were beloved by all the People, and so much reverenced that their Words were taken as Laws. And when they came away, many of the Boys cried because they would not take them with them.

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