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Henry H Johnston Books

Sir Henry (Harry) Hamilton Johnston (1858 - 1927) was a British explorer, botanist, colonial administrator and one of the key players in the "Scramble for Africa" that occurred at the end of the 19th century. As an explorer of some ability and one of the great colonial administrators, Johnston was actively instrumental in adding about 400,000 square miles of the African continent to the British Empire, and in suppressing the curse of slavery and laying the foundations of good government in the new protectorates.

Sir Henry H Johnston
Sir Henry H Johnston 1922

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The Story Of My Life

The Story Of My Life by Henry H Johnston (1923). The author's life was tied up in the major events in British Africa during the last part of the 19th century and the early 20th century.

The River Congo

The River Congo by Henry H Johnston (1884) is an account of the Congo River from its mouth to Bolobo, with a general description of the natural history and anthropology of its western basin. Free eBook

The Uganda Protectorate

The Uganda Protectorate by Henry H Johnston (1902). "An attempt to give some description of the physical geography, botany, zoology, anthropology, languages and history of the territories under British protection in East Central Africa, between the Congo Free State and the Rift Valley between the First Degree of South Latitude and the Fifth Degree of North Latitude". Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook

British Central Africa

British Central Africa: An Attempt To Give Some Account Of A Portion Of The Territories Under British Influence North Of The Zambezi by Henry H Johnston (1897) Free eBook

A History Of The Colonization Of Africa By Alien Races

A History Of The Colonization Of Africa By Alien Races by Henry H Johnston (1899) is about the colonization of Africa by Europeans and Arabs. Free eBook

The Nile Quest

The Nile Quest: A Record Of The Exploration Of The Nile And Its Basin by Henry H Johnston (1903) Free eBook


Liberia by Henry H Johnston (1906) is an important scientific monograph on this tropical West African country especially the second part which deals with its fauna, flora, anthropology and folklife. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook

Britain Across The Seas In Africa by Henry H Johnston (1910) is a history and description of the British empire in Africa. Free eBook

The Kilima-Njaro Expedition

The Kilima-Njaro Expedition: A Record Of Scientific Exploration In Eastern Equatorial Africa, And A General Description Of The Natural History, Languages, And Commerce In The Kilima-Njaro District by Henry H Johnston (1886). Johnston was apppointed by the Royal Society to conduct an expedition to study the flora and fauna of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1884. He produced an excellent map of the Kilimanjaro region and pushed exploration higher than before, reaching about 16,300 feet. Free eBook

The Opening Up Of Africa

The Opening Up Of Africa by Sir H H Johnston (1911) looks at the developments and effects of the arrival of different peoples on Africa from prehistoric times through to the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch, French, British, German, Begian and missionaries. Free eBook

George Grenfell And The Congo

George Grenfell And The Congo by Sir Harry H Johnson (1908) 2 Volumes. With contributions from Reverend Lawson Forfeitt & Emil Torday. This book is primarily involved with Grenfell's 1884 exploratory mission up the Kwa, Kwango and Kasai rivers. He was the first to prove the independent nature of the Mubangi, discovered the Ruki or Black River, found himself in contact with cannibals and discovered and named Grenfell Falls on the Mubangi. This is an important early account of the Congo Independent State. Johnston, gives us an in depth look at the people and the natural environs and the work is an excellent account of that fascinating region of the world with abundant photographs, drawings and maps. Free eBook Vol I Free eBook Vol II

George Grenfell (1849 - 1906) was a British missionary and explorer. In 1875, he went as a Baptist missionary to Cameroon. After this he established a chain of missions in the Congo and did some exceedingly important work in exploring little-known rivers of the Congo Basin. In 1877 explored the Wouri River and in the following year he ascended Mongo ma Loba Mountain.

Between 1903 and 1906 Grenfell found it increasingly difficult obtaining missionary building sites from the Congo Free State - which were freely available to the Catholic missionaries. Grenfell died of blackwater fever at Basoko on 1 July 1906.

George Grenfell
George Grenfell

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