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Life & Travels in the Northwest 1850-1899

Schaefer, Arne

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Paperback. English. Yoshi Publishing. 2008. ISBN: 978-0-620-40415-0, 260 pp with dwgs by Tony Grogan.

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A new era started in 1850 in Namaqualand. The red gold, copper, started to flow from the underground veins in increasing streams, nourishing industry and economic growth. People flocked to this new Eldorado in the desert. These are the stories told by travellers, miners, a cleric, engineers, a transport rider, geologists, surveyors and a quirky magistrate - describing some incredibly harsh conditions of life and labour, the hazards of travel, the locals and their foibles, the conflicts, as well as some lighter moments of the half-century that followed. Many of the excerpts in the book have been taken almost verbatim from obscure sources not readily found by the interested casual visitor or reader, while others have been translated from German, Dutch and Afrikaans to make them more easily accessible. 

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