Journal of Various Visits to the Kingdoms of Ashanti, Aku, and Dahomi, in Western Africa

by John Beecham; Thomas Birch Freeman;


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Journal of Various Visits to the Kingdoms of Ashanti, Aku, and Dahomi, in Western Africa

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Methodist missionary Thomas Birch Freeman (1809-1890) was one of the most successful missionaries of his day, founding churches in Nigeria and the Gold Coast. The son of an African father and English mother, he possessed great diplomatic skills in dealing with colonial administrators and native rulers, and Methodist churches spread rapidly using literate converts as lay preachers, particularly among freed and repatriated slaves. His resignation was caused by financial problems due to poor accounting. His Journal was serialised in a Methodist periodical between 1840 and 1843, published as a book in 1843, and revised the following year. His attempts to get the slave trade and the practice of human sacrifice abolished in Dahomey were frustrated, but he was much more successful in founding missions. The book is a fascinating picture of life in West Africa in the mid-nineteenth century.

Journal of Various Visits to the Kingdoms of Ashanti, Aku, and Dahomi, in Western Africa by John Beecham; Thomas Birch Freeman was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in September 2011. The ISBN for Journal of Various Visits to the Kingdoms of Ashanti, Aku, and Dahomi, in Western Africa is 9780511782848.

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Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (September 2011)
ISBN9780511782848
ISBN-100511782845
Product Code4492020
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