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The Congo and the Founding of its Free State

A Story of Work and Exploration

Serie: Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies Volume 1

The Congo and the Founding of its Free State

Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) was a journalist and explorer renowned for his adventures in Africa. Les mer
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The Congo and the Founding of its Free State

Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) was a journalist and explorer renowned for his adventures in Africa. After emigrating to America in 1859, Stanley worked as a journalist for the New York Herald. In 1869 he was instructed to undertake an expedition to find the missionary David Livingstone, and the success of this mission brought him public recognition and financial success. These volumes, first published in 1885, provide an account of Stanley's exploration of the Congo river in the service of Leopold II of Belgium between 1879 and 1884. Deriving from Stanley's personal journal, the books describe the difficulties he faced as he founded permanent trading stations, and his negotiations with indigenous leaders, together with his plans for the commercial exploitation of Africa. Stanley's controversial methods to achieve this aim, which led to his modern reputation as a racist and imperialist, are also revealed. Volume 1 covers 1879-83.

Preface; 1. Previous history of the Congo; 2. The political history of Congo-land; 3. The sequel to the book 'Through the Dark Continent'; 4. The African International Association; 5. En route to the Congo; 6. Banana Point; 7. Up the 'Mighty' Congo; 8. Up the Congo: from Boma to Vivi; 9. The founding of Vivi: a story of work; 10. Vivi to Isangila: a reconnaissance; 11. Vivi to Isangila: road-making - a curious chapter; 12. Visit to Isangila continued; 13. Between the cataract regions: to Manyanga; 14. Fever at Manyanga; 15. A reconnaissance to Stanley Pool; 16. Ngalyema of Ntamo; 17. Settlement at Stanley Pool; 18. The founding of Leopoldville; 19. The founding of Leopoldville continued; 20. Up the Congo to Lake Leopold II; 21. Discovery of Lake Leopold II; 22. Return to Europe; 23. Condition of affairs on the Congo; 24. To Stanley Pool; 25. To Bolobo.

A detailed account, first published in 1885, of the exploration of the Congo basin by Henry Stanley (1841-1904).

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