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Looking back at Syria: 19th Century Explorations

In 1809 John Lewis Burckhardt set out from England, with the blessings of the Africa Association,  to explore hinterlands of the Middle East, and ultimately to travel by camel caravan from Cairo to West Africa, in order to discover the … Continue reading

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Using the Fruits of the Earth: Feasting in Burundi

[First posted November 2009,  Revised 23 November 2011] This is the last post I put up in 2009, before entering the hospital for ophthalmic shingles,  and repost it as a very nice alternative to Thanksgiving  ‘American style’ (no turkeys here!). ++++++++ In spite … Continue reading

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A Colonial Elephant Hunt in Central Africa – Sir Samuel Baker

[First posted August.. 2009,  Revised 08 November 2011] In 1862 Sir Samuel Baker and his Hungarian wife Lady Florence, set off to discover the source of the Nile. Theirs is one of the more bazaar and fascinating pages of colonial … Continue reading

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