Swedish Ventures in Cameroon, 1883-1923: Trade and Travel, People and Politics : the Memoir of Knut Knutson with Supporting Material

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Berghahn Books, 2002 - 288 sidor

The 1880s were a critical time in Cameroon. A German warship arrived in the Douala estuary and proclaimed Cameroon a protectorate. At that time, two Swedes, Knutson and Waldau, were living on the upper slopes of the Cameroon Mountain. Very little is known about their activities. One, Knutson, wrote a long memoir of his time in Cameroon (1883-1895) which is published here for the first time. It gives fascinating insights into everyday life in Cameroon and into the multifaceted relationships among the various Europeans, and between them and the Africans, at the end of the 19th century; we learn about the Swedes' quarrels first with the Germans and later with the British, over land purchases, thus revealing the origins of long on-going disputes over Bakweri lands. We are given vivid descriptions of Bakweri notables and their, and the Europeans', cultural practices, a rare eye-witness account of the sasswood witchcraft ordeal, and learn about Knutson's friendships with slaves. Together with appended contemporary correspondence, legal opinions, and early (translated) texts, this memoir must be considered as a unique and invaluable primary source for the pre-colonial history of Cameroon.

 

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Biographical Notes on Knutson and Waldau
3
The Manuscript
9
THE CAMEROON MOUNTAINS AND
21
Fauna and Flora
31
Misery and Indiarubber
39
The German Invasion 18841885
47
Travel in the Interior 1885
55
The Ancient Races
69
The Missionaries the Explorers and the Men I met at the Cameroons
145
The Future of the Cameroons
159
Knutson and Waldaus Contracts with the Notables on the Cameroon
167
Knutsons Legal Battles
175
Waldaus Last Years in Cameroon
189
ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES
195
Sir Richard Burtons Visit to Mapanja 18611862 Extracts
223
George Thompsons Stay in Mapanja 18711879
237

Adventures on Cameroon Mountains and in Biaffran Swamps
79
Religion and Customs of the Bakweri and Bomboko
101
The Slave Trade
125
Black and White
135
Hugo Zöller Journalist transl Rosemary Frances Ena Pedersen
245
Bibliography
279
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Shirley Ardener teaches at the Center for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford, and is a member of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, of which she was also the founding director.

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