French Colonies and Their Resources by James BonwickFrench Colonies and Their Resources by James Bonwick

French Colonies and Their Resources

byJames Bonwick

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... FRENCH CONGO. This is an extension of the Gaboon equatorial colony. From the purchase, for a trifle, of a strip of a few miles on the estuary of the river Gaboon, the French have gone on in the ardour of colonial enterprise, till they have, on various pretexts, gained a more or less acknowledged foothold over a vast region between the middle Congo and the ocean. To the zeal of such men as M. Walker, Dr. Ballay, M. Marche, and above all, to M. de Brazza, France is indebted for this magnificent heritage. This was mainly done by the exploration of the Ogoue river and its affluents. Walker reached the village of Lope in longitude 9£ E., and founded a commercial factory or post at the Junction of the N'Gounie with the Ogoue, bringing thence stores of ivory, ebony and rubber. As some believed the stream must proceed from one of the great lakes of the interior, the Marquis de Oompiegne and.M-Alfred Marche undertook a search for Livingstone by that route, and the opening up of trade. They reached Lope in January, 1873, and engaged 120 Okandas to lead them into Madona land. They gained longitude 10 E., when they were attacked by the Osyebas, and had to beat a hasty retreat. Between 1875 and 1878 expeditions were conducted by De Brazza, Dr. Ballay and Marche, into the country of the upper Ogoue. Not satisfied with the revelation of the Ogoue, De Brazza determined to push on eastward till he reached Lake Victoria or the Nile. Continually thwarted by the native carriers, he boldly purchased forty slaves, whose services he could retain. Gaining the Alima, one of the Congo tributaries, he came upon the Bai-Oeua, or Salt River. Returning to France, he received the Geographical Society's gold medal, and organized a powerful company, which he was...
Title:French Colonies and Their ResourcesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217818382

ISBN - 13:9780217818384