1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 8 – COME TO KENYA”
The land that Jade del Cameron and her friends knew in Jade’s 1919-1920 adventures was changing in 1921. For one thing, the British East African Protectorate had become the Kenya Colony. For another, there was a tremendous influx of British into the colony as settlers, merchants, businessmen, or hobby farmers. Nairobi has changed from a swampy town of tin shanties to a thriving city. (It still sat on a swamp.) What did The South and East African Yearbook and Guide (1922) have to say about the colony?
Pages 635-639 of the guidebook gave a brief overview of facts ranging from the basic geography (“bounded on the East by the Indian Oean; in the N. E. by Italian Somaliland; on the North by Abyssinia; on the West by Lake Rudolf, by the Uganda Protectorate and by Lake Victoria and on the South by Tanganyika Territory.”) to short descriptions of the military and police, hospitals, courts of law, banking and income tax, imports and exports, to the agricultural census and Kenya’s development potential: (“Development has so far been confined to the narrow strip near the S. W. Border which has been opened up by the railway. Here the potential wealth of Kenya Colony is unquestionably very great.”)
The book finishes this short section with a half-page concerning minerals. “Traces of copper and gold have been found in several places.” (none of them named) Graphite, manganese and mica deposits are listed by Lake Victoria and the coast, and Magadi Lake’s carbonate of soda potential merits and entire paragraph.
With all this wealth just waiting to be snatched up, it only remains to jump in and grab. Next week: Acquisition of Land.
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NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda