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By Heather Lehr Wagner

Ladies Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid girls whose starvation for experience and data pressured them on paths of discovery all over the world. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on issues starting from historical dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the validated roles of girls of their fields. Kingsley set sail for Africa in 1893, embarking on a visit that will swap not just her existence, however the Victorian realizing of the darkish continent in addition. She traveled among the Niger and Congo rivers, was once the 1st white girl to climb Mount Cameroon, and penned books approximately her study in Africa.

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16 In order to ensure that their territory was marked by “effective occupation,” British officials joined the British traders and missionaries in policing their portion of the West African coast. The newspapers carried detailed reports about the conference, focusing in particular on the way political divisions were personified by the explorers Kingsley and so many others admired: Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, whose travels through the Congo had benefited France, and Henry Morton Stanley, who was acting on behalf of the Belgian king.

Through the conversations at the dinner table, she gradually became involved in the real world. Politics was a frequent topic of conversation, and of particular interest to the globetrotting George Kingsley was a meeting taking place in Berlin from 1884 to 1885, a meeting that was transforming the future of Africa. A Feeling of Responsibility THE BERLIN CONFERENCE From November 15, 1884, to February 26, 1885, 14 nations gathered in Berlin to decide how best to carve up the African continent. The attendees included most of the European nations (except Switzerland) and the United States, but five powers essentially ran the meeting and most heavily influenced its outcome: France, Germany, England, Portugal, and an entity labeled “the International Association of the Congo,” which was essentially acting on behalf of the Belgian king, Leopold II.

The new settlers often did not get along with the natives, yet the majority of the power for the territory was theirs. The stage was being set for conflicts that would long outlive the Sierra Leone Company and the American Colonization Society. IN SEARCH OF A RIVER ROUTE To help facilitate the further development of trade in West Africa, trading companies began to turn their attention to developing better routes to transport goods from West Africa’s interior to the trading posts along the coast.

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