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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3 The earliest record 4 of East Africa, from an Alexandrian trading voyage of the
first century A.D., makes no mention of any black men, and it is probable that
none were there; east and south Africa were still the province of Bushma- noid ...
By the tenth century Moslem Arabs were dominant, and long before medieval
times the trading forts that have since become the small cities of the coast had
been established. Meanwhile, the Bantu were beset by waves of Nilotic and
In the late nineteenth century, for political reasons having little to do with Africa,
the nations of Europe had embarked on colonial conquest. Less than twenty-five
years after Speke and Grant had discovered the Nile headwaters, in 1 864, East ...
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