Tag Archives: Africa

Israel – The Last of the Settler Colonies

Rewind the clock more or less than a century and you will find a world teeming with settler colonies engaged in battle with ‘unruly natives.’ Today only one remains; Israel is the last of a dying breed, the last of … Continue reading

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Vice-Consul Haggard’s Report

Sir John Kirk, the British Consul to the Sultan of Zanzibar, received in 1884 a report from his Vice-Consul John G. (Jack) Haggard. The brother of Victorian writer H. Rider Haggard  had summarised his adventurous journey from his station on … Continue reading

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Deciphering Livingstone’s 1871 Field Diary

A year after the great African explorer Dr David Livingstone’s death in 1873, his friend Horace Waller published an edited version of his diaries. In his introduction to ‘The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to … Continue reading

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An East African Israel

In 1903, during the premiership of Arthur Balfour (later the author of the Balfour Declaration of 1917), the British government offered a territory of 5,000 square miles on the Uasin Gishu (Gwas Ngishu) plateau in the British East Africa Protectorate to the World … Continue reading

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Dominoes of Revolution

The first months of 2011 has seen the fall of two autocratic regimes and the imminent toppling of a third. It is a period which will be on the receiving end of scrutiny by  historians speculating in the causes of what … Continue reading

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McLeod of the Niger

An old soldier neglected by an ungenerous country. (The Morning Leader, October 1892) English governments have a rather unpleasant reputation for neglecting the humbler heroes of the nation; and another instance of the kind which goes to support the public impression … Continue reading

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Kamele für Deutsch-Südwestafrika

Foreign Office Translation. Berlin. May 31, 1892. Sir, With reference to your note of the 21st instant relative to the employment of Camels in the S.W. African Protectorate, I have the honour to inform Your Excellency that last year 10 … Continue reading

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