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Part 2: Original Manuscripts from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library

The first two parts of Africa Through Western Eyes are based on the unique holdings of the Royal Commonwealth Society Library, now housed at Cambridge University Library. Part 2 is particularly rich in sources covering:

  • Ghana
  • South Africa

There is also material for Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.

The largest section covers the papers of Sir John Hawley Glover, 1863-1878, describing the Ashanti Wars on the Gold Coast, which involved the employment of Hausa troops.  There are also Boer War diaries and letters of David Livingstone describing his 2nd Trans-African expedition.

Having such a large number of small collections of papers of explorers, traders, tourists, diplomats, soldiers and missionaries, is invaluable for students who will be able to build up a textured and nuanced picture of Africa in the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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