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A Voyage Along the Western Coast, or Newest Africa

A Voyage Along the Western Coast, or Newest Africa

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Excerpt from A Voyage Along the Western Coast, or Newest Africa: A Description of Newest Africa, or the Africa of to-Day and the Immediate Future

To the men and women of to-day Africa is a Great Unknown Land through which explorers fight their way and return with stories of the horrible and the marvelous - stories too often told for no higher purpose than to make a book sell, or a lecture interesting. I admit that many of these stories are true, for I have myself been through some of these experiences; but it is only a small portion of the truth concerning this great continent, just as the horrors of Indian warfare at the present time are only a small part of the truth concerning our own country.

Africa is a glorious land, rich in natural resources, and has a grand destiny in store for her. The physical beauty of the country, the adaptability of a large portion of it to the Anglo-Saxon race, and the progress that the Coast ports have made in civilization and refinement, will be a revelation to many. Africa is the grandest continent of the earth; it is destined to become the home of millions of our own race, and more money will be made there during the present century than anywhere else in the world. The descriptions in the following pages of the resources of that country are far below the truth - the realization will greatly exceed anything I have predicted.

The engravings are mostly from photographs reproduced upon copper by the new process, and give a truthful impression of the ordinary appearance of the places described.

As railroad building has already begun, it cannot be many years before cities and towns will spring up all over the land, and I confidently expect by the close of this decade to hear of Cook selling excursion tickets to the Soudan, the Congo and the great inland lakes. Why not?

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