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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The Kikuyu of Kenya who occupied the highland forests when the first Europeans
appeared in the late nineteenth century had not been there for more than a few
centuries. Tradition and the evidence agree that they came from Juba Land, ...
The East Africa Company, obsessed with the promise of Uganda, was inefficient
and undercapitalized in Kenya, and its agents ravaged the villages of both the
Kamba and Kikuyu in an effort to make the Machakos and Dagoretti stations ...
A great source of Kikuyu bitterness was the conviction that the tribe had been
tricked out of its land, for every foot of Kikuyu land was owned by individual
tribesmen, not only the pieces for which token sums were paid but also the fallow
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