Tag Archives: John Hanning Speke

Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 19th Century – The Limits of Pastoralism as a Lifestyle

  [First posted  24 Oct 2009  Revised 04 November 2011] With the Horn of Africa so much in the news now, I am updating and reposting several links that focus on limited resources in the area. Summary: The importance of the relationship … Continue reading

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Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – II

Part I is here: Visitors on the Wild Side of Lake Tanganyika – I  Moving ‘up’ the wildlife chain…  We have many guinea fowl in the wild – and a while back I was given a clutch to keep.  They make excellent … Continue reading

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Life and Livestock in the Arid Areas of Somiland, 1850′s (via Dianabuja’s Blog)

Another reposting of a blog about the Horn of Africa. The area has always been very marginal and it seems that today’s Experts who are working on the problems in the Horn would benefit by dipping into its history.  When Burton and … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River – Did It flow IN or OUT?!, Pt. I

East African explorations in the mid 19th Century were overwhelming directed to discovering the source of the Nile in central Africa.  Along side this goal, laying out ways and means whereby the English could establish a strong foothold in East and central Africa … Continue reading

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Rural Markets in the Congo, 1871

In many parts of Africa, rural markets are the most important method for buying and selling agricultural goods. The following description of a large rural market near the Lualaba River in N.E. Congo by David Livingstone could be a description … Continue reading

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Sex in the Jungle: Experiences of Victorian Explorers

Although 19th century explorers wrote on any number of topics about their African experiences, sex was not one of them – either about their own experiences or observations amongst groups whom they visited.  Euphemisms, however, were common – such as the … Continue reading

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