The Tree where Man was Born
In this classic volume, Matthiessen exquisitely combines both nature and travel writing to bring East Africa to vivid life. He skillfully portrays the daily lives of herdsmen and hunter-gatherers; the drama of the predator kills; the hundreds of exotic animals; the breathtaking landscapes; and the area's turbulent natural, political, and social histories.
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... stupefying obstacles of tropical climate and disease , tribal warfare and wild
animals , to move and expand and found cities and kingdoms far in the interior of
what the western world , until a century ago , had dismissed as • Darkest Africa .
... disrupted everywhere by feverish as certain herdsmen and hunter - gatherers
were tribal wars set loose by the slave trade , which absorbed — hence the
variety of Bantu physical was intensified , in the sixteenth century , by the types ,
In the late nineteenth century , for political reasons having little to do with Africa ,
the na - tions of Europe had embarked on colonial con - quest . Less than twenty
- five years after Speke and Grant had discovered the Nile headwaters , in 1864 ...
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