John Boyes (1873 - 1951) was born in Yorkshire and he died in Nairobi after a lifetime of trading schemes and adventure which included ivory hunting in the Lado Enclave.
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King Of The Wa-Kikuyu: A True Story Of Travel And Adventure In Africa by John Boyes (1911). In all of African history, there was no one quite like John Boyes. There have been better hunters and certainly greater explorers and although he's very readable, there have been finer writers. When it comes to the category of opportunist, the Boyes name stands out from all the others. He was a hunter, explorer, trader, ivory poacher, gambler, reprobate, soldier and even a king. From the age of 14 when he hopped a ship bound for distant ports, Boyes exemplified the renegade African adventurer, making a name for himself by overcoming man-eating lions, disease, drought and hostile tribes.
The Company Of Adventurers by John Boyes (1928). During a half century, John Boyes created much of Africa's colourful history. If there was a desert to be crossed, a jungle to be tamed, a government to be swindled, a local tribe to be befriended or exploited, John Boyes was there.
My Abyssinian Journey: A Journey Through Abyssinia From The Red Sea To Nairobi In 1906 In The Days Of Emperor Menelik by Major John Boyes (1940) was a rival trading safari (in horses, donkeys and camels) to Abyssinia in competition with white hunter Jack Riddell who owned the Boma Trading Company. Boyes was angry about not getting a cut in Riddell's trading scheme so went for his own trade deal in Abyssinia. With an additional cargo of ivory and leading a large herd of camels, mules, horses and cattle, Boyes got there and back meeting with all sorts of trouble. Free eBook
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