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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Then , in the first centuries of the Christian era , waves of black peoples appeared
out of the interior , bearing iron tools and ... and very wealthy civilization that
mined and traded in copper had developed at Lake Kisale by the eighth century .
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 . Mean - while , the Bantu were beset by waves of Nilotic and ...
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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