Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (1831 - 1903), was a French-American explorer. His observations in 'Explorations And Adventures In Equatorial Africa' were ridiculed and disputed by some scientists, but were later confirmed by travellers. In 1860 he brought to the United States the first gorilla ever seen. He was the first white man to bring back information about pygmies in the remote interior of Africa.
"I traveled - always on foot, and unaccompanied by other white men - about 8,000 miles. I shot, stuffed, and brought home over 2,000 birds, of which more than 60 are new species, and I killed upwards of 1,000 quadrupeds, of which 200 were stuffed and brought home, with more than 60 hitherto unknown to science. I suffered fifty attacks of the African fever, taking, to cure myself, more than fourteen ounces of quinine. Of famine, long-continued exposures to the heavy tropical rains, and attacks of ferocious ants and venomous flies, it is not worth while to speak."
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Explorations And Adventures In Equatorial Africa by Paul B Du Chaillu (1861) includes 'accounts of the manners and customs of the people, and of the chase of the gorilla, crocodile, leopard, elephant, hippopotamus and other animals'. Free eBook
Lost In The Jungle: Narrated For Young People by Paul B Du Chaillu (1869) supposedly influenced Edgar Rice Burroughs in writing 'Tarzan of the Apes'. Du Chaillu's travels to Equatorial Africa were to an area previously unexplored by Europeans - the region bordering the Equator, in the interior of Western Africa. It was on this journey that he was able to observe the habits of several remarkable species of animals found nowhere else and hitherto unknown. Free eBook
A Journey To Ashango-Land And Further Penetration Into Equatoria by Paul B Du Chaillu (1867). This expedition enabled him to confirm the accounts given by the ancients of a pygmy people inhabiting the African forests. The map accomanying Ashango-land was of unique value but the explorer's photographs and collections were lost when he was forced to flee from the hostility of the natives. Free eBook
The Country Of The Dwarfs by Paul B Du Chaillu (1871) are wonderful tales of the author's travels in Africa retold for children. Chapter titles include 'How Paul set out for the Country of the Dwarfs and what he took with him', 'Honest Africans' and 'Terrible Storms of Thunder'. Free eBook
Wild Life Under The Equator: Narrated For Young People by Paul B Du Chaillu (1868) is another first-person account of encounters with wild birds, beasts and native tribes of people. Intended for young people. Free eBook
Land Of The Midnight Sun: Summer And Winter Journeys Through Sweden, Norway, Lapland And Northern Finland by Paul B Du Chaillu (1881) are his impressions of Scandinavia and its inhabitants based on a series of journeys made between 1871 and 1878. Free eBook
In African Forest And Jungle by Paul B Du Chaillu (1903). More hunting and adventure in turn-of-the-century Africa.
Adventures In The Great Forest Of Equatorial Africa And The Country Of The Dwarfs by Paul B Du Chaillu (1890). Free eBook
The World Of The Great Forest: How Animals, Birds, Reptiles And Insects Talk, Think, Work And Live by Paul B Du Chaillu (1900). Free eBook
The Viking Age: The Early History, Manners And Customs Of The Ancestors Of The English-Speaking Nations by Paul B Du Chaillu (1890). After Africa, Du Chaillu later turned his focus to researching the prehistory of Scandinavia and after eight and a half years of research, he published The Viking Age, his best known work. Du Chaillu was the first to recognize the importance of the Norse culture to the development of the British Isles during the fifth to eleventh centuries. Vol I Free eBook Vol II Free eBook
Ivar The Viking: A Romantic History Based Upon Authentic Facts Of The Third And Fourth Centuries by Paul B Du Chaillu (1893). Free eBook
Between Man And Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, The Evolution Debates, And The African Adventure That Took The Victorian World By Storm by Monte Reel (2013). In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth. Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the centre of the biggest issues of the time, the evolution debate, racial discourse, the growth of Christian fundamentalism, and helped push each to unprecedented intensities. He experienced instant celebrity, but with that fame came whispers, about his past, his credibility, and his very identity, which would go on to haunt him.
Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825 - 1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. During his life he would write over 80 books and travel all over the world to gain first-hand knowledge of his subject matter.
The Gorilla Hunters: A Tale Of The Wilds Of Africa by R M Ballantyne (1861) was written as part of the controversy that exploded in London in that year concerning the French-American naturalist Paul du Chaillu's claim to be the first white man to shoot a gorilla. Free eBook
Black Ivory: A Tale Of Adventure Among The Slavers Of East Africa by R M Ballantyne (1873). "I began my tale in the hope that I might produce something to interest the young (perchance, also, the old) in a most momentous case - the total abolition of the African slave-trade. I close it with the prayer that God may make it a tooth in the file which shall eventually cut the chain of slavery, and set the black man free." Free eBook
Six Months At The Cape: Or Letters To Periwinkle From South Africa by R M Ballantyne (1879) is set in the Cape colony of South Africa and is based on on the author's personal experience there, and is filled with the author's usual geographic descriptions, including that of an ostrich hunt. The book is the result of the author's letters to his friend Periwinkle about his journey to the Cape of Good Hope. Free eBook