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Matabeleland and the Victoria Falls

The Letters and Journals of Frank Oates, 1873-1875


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On New Year's Eve 1874, the British explorer and naturalist Frank Oates became one of the first Europeans since David Livingstone to see the magnificent Victoria Falls. A month later, he was dead from malaria, aged 34. This book draws on the original diaries, letters and sketches of Frank Oates to paint a vivid picture of the Victorian exploration of Central Africa. It documents his encounters with legendary rulers such as King Lobengula of the Ndebele and larger-than-life characters like the ivory hunter Frederick Selous, and records Oates' final, fatal trek through the Zambezi Valley towards Victoria Falls. Offering the modern reader an unparalleled view of nineteenth-century Africa at a period of transition, "Matabeleland and The Victoria Falls" is detailed, personal, and compelling.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2007
Edited by Charles Oates Edited by David Saffery
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
37 bw line drawings
Jeppestown Press
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