SUNSHINE & STORM IN RHODESIA
A vivid firsthand account of the Matabele nation's rebellion against Cecil Rhodes's settlers in 1895, three years after the founding of modern Bulawayo. Frederick Courteney Selous, one of southern Africa's greatest men of the early veld, was born into an intellectual and prosperous English family (his father was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange) in 1851, and at the age of 19 sailed for Africa to become an elephant hunter, an occupation at which he excelled from the beginning.
For nearly 20 years he explored, hunted, traded and studied with a keen naturalist's eye the country between the Limpopo river and the Congo basin, providing the inspiration for Rider Haggard's Alan Quatermain. In 1890, Cecil John Rhodes selected Selous as guide to the famed Pioneer Column which occupied present-day Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), With the outbreak of the Matabele Rebellion six years later he assumed command of "H" Troop of the Bulawayo Field Force, and, when peace returned, produced this gripping and informative narrative of the events he had taken part in. Selous was killed in Tanganyika in 1917, at the age of 65, while serving with the Royal Fusiliers
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