Impressions of South Africa

Impressions of South Africa

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Impressions of South Africa

Impressions of South Africa

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In the latter part of the year 1895 I traveled across South Africa from Cape Town to Fort Salisbury in Mashonaland, passing through Bechuanaland and Matabililand. From Fort Salisbury, which is only two hundred miles from the Zambesi, I returned through Manicaland and the Portuguese territories to Beira on the Indian Ocean, sailed thence to Delagoa Bay and Durban, traversed Natal, and visited the Transvaal, the Orange Free State, Basutoland, and the eastern province of Cape Colony. The country had long possessed a great interest for me, and that interest was increased by studying on the spot the physical character and the peculiar economic and industrial conditions which have made it unlike the other newly settled countries of the world. Seeing these things, and talking with the leading men in every part of the country, I began to comprehend many things that had previously been obscure to me, and saw how the political troubles of the land were connected with the life which nature imposed on the people. Immediately after my return to Europe, fresh political troubles broke out, and the events occurred in the Transvaal which fixed the eyes of the whole world upon South Africa. I had not traveled with any view to writing a book; but the interest . . .

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