By Daniel E. Harmon

-- a chain that information the exploration, annexation, and improvement of the African continent through Europeans in the course of nineteenth century colonization and its results on modern day Africa -- Generously illustrated volumes with infrequent and strange photos from the files of the Royal Geographical Society

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Captain Frederick Lugard, an army officer who later became famous for opening much of the Niger basin to British trading interests, led an expedition into Kenya and Uganda in 1890–1892. The British East Africa Company failed. Seven years after it was established, the company was overwhelmed with financial problems. As the German government had done with the German East Africa Company a few years earlier, the British government took over the company’s operations. Britain created its East Africa Protectorate in 1895.

I was sorely knocked up by this march from Nyañgwé back to Ujiji,” he wrote in his diary in 1871. “In the latter part of it, I felt as if dying on my feet. Almost every step was in pain, the An Untamed Land appetite failed, and a little bit of meat caused violent diarrhea, whilst the mind, sorely depressed, reacted on the body. . The road covered with angular fragments of quartz was very sore to my feet, which are crammed into ill-made French shoes . . The dust of the march caused ophthalmia [a painful eye inflammation], like that which afflicted Speke.

Some held the white administrators in awe. Roosevelt was surprised that some of the literate chiefs he met maintained regular correspondence with him afterward. One sent him a sympathy letter on hearing of the death of Britain’s King Edward. Journalist Jay Marston in 1937 noted the Anglican Cathedral at Namirembe in Uganda: “[O]n a hill opposite stands the mission and cathedral of Rubaga, built by the White Fathers and their lay brethren and converts. ” In Uganda, the British at first formed an alliance with Mwanga, king of Buganda—then had to fight him in guerrilla warfare.

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