By Robert M. Burroughs
This ebook examines eyewitness go back and forth experiences of atrocities devoted in European-funded slave regimes within the Congo unfastened nation, Portuguese West Africa, and the Putumayo district of the Amazon rainforest throughout the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. in this time, British explorers, missionaries, consuls, newshounds, squaddies, and investors produced facts of misrule within the Congo, Angola, and the Putumayo, which they defined their commute and witnessing of colonial violence in travelogues, ethnographic monographs, consular experiences, diaries and letters, sketches, images, and extra. in addition to bringing domestic to readers ongoing brutalities, eyewitness narratives contributed to debates on humanitarianism, alternate, colonialism, and race and racial prejudice in overdue Victorian and Edwardian Britain. particularly, while past antislavery tourists had tended to advertise British imperial enlargement as a therapy to slavery, trip texts produced for the 3 significant humanitarian campaigns of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century expressed — and, certainly, gave upward push to — adjustments within the notion of england as a country for whom the security of Africans remained paramount. Burroughs's research charts the emergence of a subversive eyewitness reaction in commute writing, which implicated Britons and British industries within the carrying on with life of slave exertions in areas officially governed through different countries.