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Making Salt and gathering food supplies for a boat trip up Lake Albert N’Yanza

After discovering Lake Albert N’Yanza, the Bakers camped near Vacovia, a village next to the lake, in order to prepare boats and supplies for their trip down the lake to the White Nile. As usual, Baker’s descriptions are graphic, as … Continue reading

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Sir Samuel Baker ‘Discovers’ the Albert N’Yanza

Baker and Lady Florence used riding cattle after their horses, donkeys and camels had all died. Baker’s goal of discovering the lake that he named ‘Albert N’yanza’ was finally reached 14 March 1863. He and his wife had both been … Continue reading

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More about Vegetable Butter in West and East Africa

Shea butter, a vegetable butter made from the nuts of an African tree, is known throughout the West.  A while back I talked about it in this blog. There are other works by colonial explorers that mention vegetable butters, some of … Continue reading

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Obesity: A Sign of Wealth in 19th Century Africa

At home in Kisoona: During their attempt to reach Lake Albert to the N.W. of what is today Uganda, Sir Baker and his wife Lady Florence were forced to spend a number of weeks at the large village of Kisoona until the … Continue reading

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A Colonial Description of Making Green Plantain Cider

Samuel Baker loved to talk about local food processing techniques in his mid-19th Century African travel documentaries, which is fortunate for those of us trying to trace foods and their processing prior to modern times in Africa. Here is what … Continue reading

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