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Baker Liberating Slaves In Africa, 1869
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Baker Liberating Slaves in Africa, 1869. Baker ordering the liberation of slaves while one of his officers removes their shackles. Samuel White Baker (June 8, 1821 - December 30, 1893) was an English explorer, officer, naturalist, big game hunter, engineer, writer and abolitionist. He also held the titles of Pasha and Major-General in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. He is mostly remembered as the discoverer of Lake Albert, as an explorer of the Nile and interior of central Africa, and for his exploits as a big game hunter in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. In 1869 Baker led a military expedition to the equatorial regions of the Nile, with the object of suppressing the slave-trade there and opening the way to commerce and civilization.He had to contend with innumerable difficulties; the blocking of the river in the Sudd, the hostility of officials interested in the slave-trade, the armed opposition of the natives, but he succeeded in planting in the new territory the foundations upon which others could build up an administration.
May 30th, 2013
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