Tanganyika: Eleven Years in Central Africa


This book is an account of the Central African Mission of 1877–88 to Ujiji by Edward C. Hore, a British master mariner who was one of the six original members of the mission. In 1876-77 the London Missionary Society decided to establish the mission, which left Zanzibar for Ujiji on July 21, 1877. Ujiji is a town in the eastern part of present-day Tanzania, but also the designation for the surrounding region, defined by Hore as “a large tribal territory, bordered west and south by the Tanganyika Lake, north by Urundi, and east by Uhha and the River Ruiche, and occupying a gap in the mountain barrier of the lake, as well as a part of the elevated country itself.” After a very difficult trip across Central Africa in ox-drawn wagons, the party finally arrived at its destination on August 23, 1878. In addition to an account of the mission’s work, the book contains a wealth of information about the geography, geology, hydrology, and flora and fauna of the region. Hore, a keen and sympathetic observer of the peoples he encountered, noted that the African tribes were all, “by providential arrangement, a law of natural selection, or some other powerful influence,” exceptionally well adapted to their environments.

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Edward Stanford, London


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xii pages, 306 pages including illustrations, portraits, maps, fold-out frontispiece, 21 centimeters


  • Second edition

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