Matabeleland & the Victoria Falls: the
letters and journals of Frank Oates, 1873-1875 C. G. Oates
Year's Eve 1874, the British explorer and naturalist Frank Oates became
one of the first Europeans since David Livingstone to see the
magnificent Victoria Falls. A month later, aged just 34, he was
dead from malaria.
This book draws on the original diaries, letters, paintings and
sketches of Frank Oates to paint a vivid picture of the Victorian
exploration of Central Africa. It documents his encounters with
legendary rulers such as King Lobengula of the Ndebele and
larger-than-life characters like the ivory hunter Frederick Selous, and
records Oates' final, fatal trek through the Zambezi Valley towards
Offering the modern reader an unparalleled view of nineteenth-century
Africa at a period of transition, Matabeleland and The Victoria Falls
is detailed, personal, and always compelling.
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