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The Adventures of Mary Gaunt, Alone in West Africa in 1910

Not an explorer – too late for that – but certainly one of the most interesting travelers in Africa during the colonial period, whose insights bring to life colonial times along the west African coast. This is the first of … Continue reading

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Shea Butter in the 18th Century, Better than English Butter according to Mungo Park

It was Mungo Park who first brought the shea tree and shea butter to the attention of Europeans.  According to Park, this is an excellent substance – better than English butter – and one that does not go readily rancid.  … Continue reading

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