Through Unknown African Countries: The First Expedition from Somaliland to Lake Lamu
E. Arnold, 1897 - 471 pages
A. Donaldson Smith was an American medical doctor and amateur big-game hunter who, in 1894-95, undertook an 18-month expedition from Berbera, Somalia (then British Somaliland) to Lake Turkana (then Lake Rudolf) in Kenya. He explored the headwaters of the Shabeelle River in Ethiopia and, on his return journey, descended the Tana River to the Kenyan coast. This book is his account of the expedition. Its appendices contain detailed descriptions and illustrations of the fishes, spiders and scorpions, moths, geological specimens, fossils, plants, and ethnographic objects collected on the expedition. Also included are maps of the expedition's route, glossaries of words collected from several African tribes, and his correspondence with Emperor Menelek, from whom he sought permission to travel through southern Ethiopia. Lake Turkana National Park in Kenya is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Through Unknown African Countries: The First Expedition from Somaliland to ...
Arthur Donaldson Smith
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Page 274 - inhabited the whole of the country north of Lakes Stephanie and Rudolf long before any of the tribes now to be found in the neighbourhood ; but they have been gradually killed off in war, and have lost their characteristics by inter-marriage with people of large stature, so that only this one little remnant, the Dume, remains to prove the existence of a pygmy race. Formerly they lived principally by hunting, and they still kill a great many elephants with their poisoned arrows
Page 120 - Abyssiniens, which Mr. Smith relates as follows : " A little boy not over three years old amused me very much by begging for a little leather to make sandals for himself. On handing him a knife and some oryx hide, the youngster set to work like an old shoemaker, cutting strips off the leather for laces, and fashioning the sandals wonderfully well. One of the first things that strikes a stranger in Africa is the wonderful rapidity with which children develope. Real childhood is unknown, although manhood...
Page 384 - The height of the body is contained 3! times in the total length (without caudal), the length of the head 5i times.
Page 11 - They have all the levity and instability of the Negro character ; light-minded as the Abyssinians, — described by Gobat as constant in nothing but inconstancy, — soft, merry, and affectionate souls, they pass without any apparent transition into a state of fury, when they are capable of terrible atrocities.
Page 49 - CHANGE. 49 nature it was for us ! The light, beautiful green of the foliage, and the balmy and moist atmosphere, reminded me forcibly of spring-time in my own country, only the variety of the flora and fauna was distinctly African. Giant sycamores, pine-trees, and euphorbias spread out their limbs over veritable flower-beds. Fuchsias, sweet-peas, and countless other plants seemed to be trying to crush each other out.
Page 1 - ... Donaldson Smith, of Philadelphia, who led his own expedition from Somaliland into Central Africa in 1894 and 1895. Smith was a wealthy man who was a physician by education and training (he studied medicine at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Heidelberg) but a sportsman and a biologist by choice. He wrote: The keen love of sport and adventure that is innate in most of the Anglo-Saxon race had always prompted me to go into the remotest corners of the earth, and I suppose it was my seven years...
Page 120 - ... hide, the youngster set to work like an old shoemaker, cutting strips off the leather for laces, and fashioning the sandals wonderfully well. One of the first things that strikes a stranger in Africa is the wonderful rapidity with which children develope. Real childhood is unknown, although manhood is never reached. The little ones are thrown on their own resources at such an early period that they quickly learn to act for themselves in providing for the passing hour, and little more than this...