Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine among Them

by Thomas Winterbottom

Part of the Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone 2 Volume Set Series

Account of the Native Africans in the Neighbourhood of Sierra Leone To which is Added, an Account of the Present State of Medicine among Them Synopsis

Sierra Leone in West Africa is the subject of this 1803 work by English physician Thomas Winterbottom (1766-1859). In the 1790s he spent four years there working for the Sierra Leone Company (established by abolitionists to resettle ex-slaves), and combating diseases such as malaria and scurvy. He displays none of the pejorative views of Africa or its inhabitants that some of his contemporaries expressed, but has a very positive opinion of the country. Winterbottom describes the women as beautiful and graceful, and he dismisses racial differentiations based on skin colour as being absurd. In Volume 1 he draws a many-faceted picture of the climate, history and traditions of Sierra Leone, describing the limited diet of the inhabitants (consisting mainly of rice and palm oil), and seeking to give scientific answers to such questions as why the hair of the inhabitants is mostly of a 'woolly' type.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108020862
Publication date: 21st October 2010
Author: Thomas Winterbottom
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 440 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, African history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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