An Account of Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798: Including Cursory Observations on the Geology and Geography of the Southern Part of that Continent; The Natural History of Such Objects as Occurred in the Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Kingdoms and…
Title continued…Sketches of the Physical and Moral Characteristics of the Various Tribes of Inhabitants Surrounding the Settlement of the Cape of Good Hope. To which is annexed. A Description of the Present State, Population and Produce of that Extensive Colony; With a Map Constructed Entirely from Actual Observations Made in the Course of The Travels.
Mr. (afterwards Sir John) Barrow was attached to the staff of the Earl of Macartney, one of the Governors of the Cape Colony during the first occupation of the British. He remarks in his Preface to the second edition that, considering the length of time the Dutch had been in possession of South Africa, it might have been expected that their colony would have been accurately described, which was far from being the case. He discusses the works of Tachard, Valentyn, Kloben, Sparrman, Thunberg, Paterson, Le Vaillant, and others, and maintains with regard to the latter that he never crossed the Orange River, and that his “Koraguas, Kabobiquas, and Hoosuanas” were creatures of the brain.” Mr Barrow accompanied an expedition from Cape Town to Graaff-Reinet, and another to Namaqualand, and he gives an excellent description of the country traversed, particularly with regard to the botany and zoology of these regions. Algoa Bay was visited, and observations taken of the bay and the coast, together with the “circumjacent” country, mention being made of the discovery of the Van Staaden’s River. (Mendelssohn, Vol.I, pg.87.) There is an interesting inscription to volume II. “F. Skead to T. Bain, T. Bain to A. de Smit, 1869.
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