In the Land of Ju-Ju: A Tale of Benin, the City of Blood Robert Leighton


Published: August 6th 2015

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354 pages


In the Land of Ju-Ju: A Tale of Benin, the City of Blood  by  Robert Leighton

In the Land of Ju-Ju: A Tale of Benin, the City of Blood by Robert Leighton
August 6th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 354 pages | ISBN: | 7.71 Mb

From the original introduction -Here is a story which I dedicate to you in the hope that it may teach you something of the difficulties and perils that are faced by our fellow-countrymen in the work of civilising and opening up commerce with the native races of West Africa, and in their efforts to abolish the worship of Ju-Ju and the horrid practice of human sacrifice.Since Mungo Park discovered the Niger there have been many British expeditions into the interior of West Africa, and Admiral Rawson’s conquest of the City of Blood in 1897 gives but one example of the effect of such expedition in subduing savagery and bringing the light of civilisation into the darkness of barbarism.In writing this tale, I have been indebted to Captain Alan Boisragon’s spirited narrative of the Benin massacre, to Commander Bacon’s record of the splendid work of the Punitive Expedition, and to Miss Mary Kingsley’s two entertaining volumes of travel in West Africa.

The main incidents of the tale are true- but I have take the story-teller’s privilege of diluting historical fact with a large dose of fiction, and principally by increasing the number of white survivors of the massacre. Captain Boisragon and Mr. Locke were, as a matter of fact, the only two member of Mr. Phillips’ ill-fated mission who escaped to tell the awful tale of treachery, suffering, and privation, and to theses two gallant gentlemen should be given the credit of heroic endurance which I have attributed to Duncan Ross and Jack Hamlyn.This kindle edition endeavours to faithfully recreate the original copy into a digital format.

Spellings and punctuation have been transcribed as they were originally published.The novel could well be interpreted as Imperial propaganda as the sun sets on the British Empire in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, and it certainly plays a patriotic tune throughout.

It may also be read in an educationally historical perspective, giving understanding and insight to the specific view of the leading power of the time. Or, just as a riveting yarn, to be enjoyed, as such adventures that could only happen in a bygone era!

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