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Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies Hausaland: Or, Fifteen Hundred Miles through the Central Soudan

by Charles Henry Robinson

Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies Hausaland: Or, Fifteen Hundred Miles through the Central Soudan Synopsis

Charles Henry Robinson (1861-1925) was a Cambridge scholar who, during the 1890s, published several books on the language, literature and culture of the Hausa people of West Africa. This study, published in 1896, documents his pioneering fieldwork during which, in three months, he travelled 1500 miles across rivers, mountains, villages and towns. Public interest in the Hausa was high at the time, due to their recruitment as troops by Britain in the Ashanti conflict, and by France to consolidate French power in Madagascar. However, Robinson argues against the perception of the Hausa as primarily a warlike people, despite their formidable strength in battle. In this vivid account of his time among them, he portrays the Hausa as successful traders who excelled above all in commercial endeavours. Exploring enterprises from textiles and tobacco to hunting and river transportation, Robinson gives fascinating first-hand insights into this important African community.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108031240
Publication date: 19th May 2011
Author: Charles Henry Robinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Classic travel writing, Historical geography,

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