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This remarkable quantity gathers jointly an striking array of voices of these so usually ignored by way of historical past. First Encounters: local Voices at the Coming of the Europeans reaches again so as to add very important ignored viewpoints to our realizing of heritage, accumulating jointly debts describing the preliminary studies of indigenous peoples world wide with ecu explorers, missionaries, investors, squaddies, and settlers. it's the first such quantity with a very worldwide perspective.First Encounters brings jointly forty two actual, first-person debts, geared up geographically in sections on Africa, North the United States, South the United States, better Australia, and Asia. choices, each one with editor's notes, offer shiny, special debts of the tradition clashes that outlined an period. From the Opium Wars to the Indian Wars, from the Aztecs who notion the white intruders have been gods to the japanese who idea them barbarians, readers will come across a gorgeous array of voices from the opposite aspect of historical past.

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M. Stanley, Through the Dark Continent. ) approaching the Lohali! Now he enters the river! Halloh! We swept forward, my canoe leading, the others following, with songs of joy and with dancing, to meet the first white man our eyes had beheld, and to do him honor. But as we drew near his canoes there were loud reports, bang! bang! and fire-staves spat bits of iron at us. We were paralyzed with fright; our mouths hung wide open and we could not shut them. Things such as we had never seen, never heard of, never dreamed of—they were the work of evil spirits!

I asked whether Basengele tribes were still running from their country, or whether they now stayed at home and worked voluntarily. ” Nkwabali said: “We heard that letters came to the white men on the Lake to say that the people were to be well treated. , elders). ’ Since we left our homes the white men now around the Lake have asked us to go home again. We have heard that they want us to go back, but we will not go. We are not warriors, and do not want to fight. ” Q: “Would you not like to go back to your homes?

There was always a large stock of raffia canes in the school store, ostensibly cut from the bush to be used in weaving From The Gab Boys by Cameron Duodu (London: Deutsch, 1967), pp. 56–62. Reprinted by permission of the author. 20 FIRST ENCOUNTERS baskets but in reality used mainly in whipping us. ) Whenever I brought him a stick, Mr. Mante Yaw would get hold of me and give me two or three lashes. His explanation was that he wanted to test the stick and see whether it was strong. I didn’t like being whipped at all and so took great pains to memorise all the tables and recitations he gave us.

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