By Heather Lehr Wagner
Ladies Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for event and data forced them on paths of discovery world wide. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on issues starting from historic dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the tested roles of girls of their fields. Kingsley set sail for Africa in 1893, embarking on a visit that might switch not just her lifestyles, however the Victorian figuring out of the darkish continent to boot. She traveled among the Niger and Congo rivers, used to be the 1st white girl to climb Mount Cameroon, and penned books approximately her examine in Africa.
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She learned Arabic, Syrian, and Latin; studied anthropology and the physical sciences; and calmed her mother whenever she woke during the night. ” 18 Soon she was nursing both parents. George Kingsley became ill with rheumatic fever. He recovered gradually, and feeling weaker, decided that the only thing that would cure him was a long journey. The trip weakened him even further, and on February 4, 1892, he died in his sleep. His wife would survive him by a little more than two months. On April 25, 1892, Mary Bailey Kingsley also died, leaving her 29-year-old daughter at a crossroads.
Portugal was not the only European power to recognize the opportunity trade with West Africa offered, including the trade in slaves. Dutch traders soon established their own outposts along the West African coast, and as the demand for slaves to supply colonies in America and the West Indies increased, so too did the economic incentives for other nations to enter the slave trade. This trade in human beings is difficult for modern readers to comprehend, but it is important to understand how the relationship between West Africa and Europe evolved and how critical the slave trade was to that evolution.
Kingsley, despite her frequent criticism of missionaries and their efforts in West Africa, appreciated what Dennis Kemp and his wife were attempting at the Wesleyan mission on the Gold Coast. They had recently added a technical focus to the 47 48 MARY KINGSLEY mission’s education and religious curriculum, and Kingsley understood the value this would provide. EARLY DAYS Kingsley had plotted a course that would take her first along some of the port cities of the West African coast—from Sierra Leone to the Gold Coast, on to the Spanish island of Fernando Po, and then to Calabar.
Mary Kingsley: Explorer of the Congo (Women Explorers) by Heather Lehr Wagner