West Africa: Leader of a Continent

  • Basil Davidson
Keywords: Imperialism

Abstract

It used to be called "the white man's grave." Fever-ridden mangrove swamps, the chaos of cannibal tribes, the grave of Mungo Park and many brave explorers: these and a few other well-impressed comminglings of fact and legend were all that most of us have known of "West Africa"-these and the occasional glimpse from an anchored liner, of twisted jungle vegetation which twirled and tailed away in everlasting rain, meanwhile we lay in deckchairs with the thermometer trembling at a hundred in the shade.
Published
1952-07-02
Section
Articles