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 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 2 covers
26. To the Black River; 27. From the Black River to Stanley Pool and back to Equator Station; 28. To the Aruwimi
or Biyerre; 29. Up the Biyerre; 30. To Stanley Falls; 31. Down the Congo to Stanley Pool; 32. Return to Vivi; 33. To Ostend;
34. Europeans in Africa; 35. Climate part I; 36. Climate part II; 37. The kernel of the argument; 38. The Berlin Conference;
A detailed account, first published in 1885, of the exploration of the Congo basin by Henry Stanley (1841-1904).