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- John Cathcart Wason (1848–1921) was a Scottish-born farmer and politician who as a young man immigrated to New Zealand, where he acquired large landholdings and was elected to the national parliament. In 1900 he sold his New Zealand estate and returned to Scotland, where he was elected to the British parliament. Wason took an interest in colonial affairs and was particularly concerned about what he saw as the British government’s mismanagement of British East Africa and the Uganda Protectorate, which he regarded as the last territories in the empire where Great Britain might create flourishing colonies of immigrants from the British Isles, patterned after Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Wason was especially incensed by reports of the government’s offer to the World Zionist Congress of land in British East Africa to establish a Jewish colony, to be populated mainly by immigrants from Eastern Europe. In 1904–5 Wason traveled to Africa to investigate this issue firsthand. East Africa and Uganda, or, Our Last Land is Wason’s account of his trip, which took him through much of present-day Kenya and Uganda. The book includes valuable information about the history of these countries, particularly relating to British policy with regard to the settlement and ownership of land and relations with the indigenous peoples. The book includes accounts of Wason’s meetings with Masai chiefs; the king of Buganda and his katikiro (prime minister), Apolo Kagwa; Bishop Alfred R. Tucker; and other important figures.
Francis Griffiths, London
Type of Item
- 111 pages : illustrations, with appendix
- From the Uganda Society. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York
- With a preface by Sir Harry Johnston. Illustrated from photographs by Mr. Borup, Mr. Cunnington and Mr. and Mrs. Cathcart Wason.