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To The Gold Coast for Gold, Vol. II A Personal Narrative   By: (1844-1894)

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TO THE GOLD COAST FOR GOLD

A Personal Narrative

BY Richard F. Burton AND Verney Lovett Cameron

In Two Volumes Vol. II.

CONTENTS OF THE SECOND VOLUME

CHAPTER

XII. THE SÁ LEONITE AT HOME AND ABROAD

XIII. FROM SÁ LEONE TO CAPE PALMAS

XIV. FROM CAPE PALMAS TO AXIM

XV. AXIM, THE GOLD PORT OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE

XVI. GOLD ABOUT AXIM, ESPECIALLY AT THE APATIM OR BUJIÁ CONCESSION

XVII. THE RETURN VISIT TO KING BLAY; ATÁBO AND BÉIN

XVIII. THE IZRAH MINE THE INYOKO CONCESSION THE RETURN TO AXIM

XIX. TO PRINCE'S RIVER AND BACK

XX. FROM AXIM TO INGOTRO AND AKANKON

XXI. TO TUMENTO, THE 'GREAT CENTRAL DEPÔT'

XXII. TO INSIMANKÁO AND THE BUTABUÉ RAPIDS.

XXIII. TO EFFUENTA, CROCKERVILLE, AND THE AJI BIPA HILL

XXIV. TO THE MINES OF ABOSU, OF THE 'GOLD COAST,' AND OF THE TÁKWÁ ('AFRICAN GOLD COAST') COMPANIES

XXV. RETURN TO AXIM AND DEPARTURE FOR EUROPE

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX.

I. §1. THE ASHANTI SCARE §2. THE LABOUR QUESTION IN WESTERN AFRICA §3. GOLD DIGGING IN NORTH WESTERN AFRICA

II. PART I. LIST OF BIRDS COLLECTED BY CAPTAIN BURTON AND COMMANDER CAMERON

PART II. LIST OF PLANTS COLLECTED ON THE GOLD COAST BY CAPTAIN BURTON AND COMMANDER CAMERON, R.N. (FURNISHED BY PROFESSOR OLIVER)

INDEX

TO THE GOLD COAST FOR GOLD.

CHAPTER XII.

THE SÁ LEONITE AT HOME AND ABROAD.

In treating this part of the subject I shall do my best to avoid bitterness and harsh judging as far as the duty of a traveller that of telling the whole truth permits me. It is better for both writer and reader to praise than to dispraise. Most Englishmen know negroes of pure blood as well as 'coloured persons' who, at Oxford and elsewhere, have shown themselves fully equal in intellect and capacity to the white races of Europe and America. These men afford incontestable proofs that the negro can be civilised, and a high responsibility rests upon them as the representatives of possible progress. But hitherto the African, as will presently appear, has not had fair play. The petting and pampering process, the spirit of mawkish reparation, and the coddling and high strung sentimentality so deleterious to the tone of the colony, were errors of English judgment pure and simple. We can easily explain them.

The sad grey life of England, the reflection of her climate, has ever welcomed a novelty, a fresh excitement. Society has in turn lionised the marmiton , or assistant cook, self styled an 'Emir of the Lebanon;' the Indian 'rajah,' at home a munshi , or language master; and the 'African princess,' a slave girl picked up in the bush. It is the same hunger for sensation which makes the mob stare at the Giant and the Savage, the Fat Lady, the Living Skeleton, and the Spotted Boy.

Before entering into details it will be necessary to notice the history of the colony an oft told tale; yet nevertheless some parts will bear repetition. [Footnote: The following is its popular chronology: 1787. First settlers (numbering 460) sailed. 1789. Town burnt by natives (1790?). 1791. St. George's Bay Company founded. 1792. Colonists (1,831) from Nova Scotia. 1794. Colony plundered by the French. 1800. Maroons (560) from Jamaica added. 1808. Sá Leone ceded to the Crown; 'Cruits' introduced. 1827. Direct government by the Crown.]

According to Père Labat, the French founded in 1365 Petit Paris at 'Serrelionne,' a town defended by the fort of the Dieppe and Rouen merchants. The official date of the discovery is 1480, when Pedro de Cintra, one of the gentlemen of Prince Henry 'the Navigator,' visited the place, after his employer's death A.D. 1463. In 1607 William Finch, merchant, found the names of divers Englishmen inscribed on the rocks, especially Thos. Candish, or Cavendish, Captain Lister, and Sir Francis Drake... Continue reading book >>




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