Through South Africa
Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904), the Welsh-born explorer
famous for his 1871 meeting with the missionary David Livingstone, travelled widely in Africa. First published in 1898, this
is a compendium of letters written by Stanley during his travels to Bulawayo, Johannesburg and Pretoria, which lend a unique
insight into colonial South Africa in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the country's culture and commercial development,
he recalls his impressions of industries such as railways, farms and gold mines, social issues such as immigration and poverty,
and the contentious relations between the Boer peoples and the British colonists which led to the Second Boer War. Through
his passionate exposition, we learn of his adversity towards President Kruger's policies, and his compassion for the people
who he claims were left to starve because the government's priorities were military. His memoirs provide a revealing snapshot
of an important period in South Africa's history.
Preface; 1. A glimpse of Bulawayo; 2. Rhodesia's agricultural future;
3. What is Rhodesia?; 4. Go-ahead Bulawayo; 5. Interview with President Kruger; 6. The labour question in Natal.
published in 1898, this compendium of letters documents an explorer's impression of South Africa in the late nineteenth century.