Tag Archives: Slave Trade

Eunuchs for the Sultan of Zanzibar

In the autumn of 1884 the British Consul at Zanzibar reported to the Liberal Foreign Secretary Earl Granville that the Sultan Barghash had imported ten slave-women and nine boy eunuchs to his harem. Although a violation of the Anti-Slave Trade … 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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The Arab Slave Trade in East Africa

Report on the Mombasa Victoria Lake Railway Survey Chapter VIII – Slave Trade in Connection to the Projected Railway by Captain J.W. Pringle R.E. 12th May 1893 A caravan of Swahili porters and Arab masters marches up country to trade … 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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