Central Africa; Adventures and Missionary Labors in Several Countries in the Interior of Africa, from 1849 to 1856

Central Africa; Adventures and Missionary Labors in Several Countries in the Interior of Africa, from 1849 to 1856

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Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. MONROVIA AND THE LIBERIANS. DETENTION OF LIBERIA ? THE RAINY SEASON ? TROPICAL VEGETATION ? TIIE SUEF?IIARBORS ? MONROVIA ? CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE ? TREATMENT OF NATIVES?INFLUENCE OF THB PEOPLE ? INFLUENCE OF THE COLONIES ? CIVILIZATION INCREASING ? STATISTICS (iN A FOOT NOTE) ? DISSATISFACTION OF IMMIGRANTS. We sailed from Providence, E. I., on the 17th of December, 1849, and arrived at Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, on the 8th of February following. Here we were informed that the vessel in which we had come out, could not proceed to her destination, till she had made a voyage of considerable length to the windward, that is, in the direction of the great desert. This movement, together with the delay of trading at the ports to the leeward of Liberia, would prevent our reaching Badagry before the rainy season, which is generally very dangerous to travelers in the sickly climate of Africa. At this time, we were ignorant of the interesting fact, that the rains in Yoruba and the countries beyond, are never so severe as to prevent safe and comfortable traveling; and accordingly, we went ashore at Monrovia, to remain till the next dry season, unless we should find an immediate passage to Badagry. This delay was not agreeable ; but we should gain the advantage of passing through the process of acclimation, before proceeding on our journey, and might in the meantime find abundance of missionary work to do in the colony. Our first employment ashore was to look at every thing within our reach, and to inquire into every thing we could think of. It may be presumed, that we were not inattentive observers. We were in a new country and climate, where every beast, bird and plant bore the impress of novelty. We were surrounded by black men in a new relation, the citizens ...
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ISBN-13: 9780217455626
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 5 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 021745562X
Publisher Date: 12 May 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 94
Series Title: English
Weight: 182 gr
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