Journeys Beyond Gubuluwayo to the Gaza, Tonga and Lozi

Letters of the Jesuits’ Zambesi Mission 1880–1883

R. S. Roberts

 

Synopsis

The letters of Frs Depelchin and Croonenberghs completes the rendition into English of the original two-volume work in French by the Jesuits of the Zambezi Mission: Trois ans dans I’Afrique Australe published in 1882-3. The first volume, Journey to Gubulawayo, described the missionaries’ journey up from Grahamstown to the Establishment of a mission house near Lobengula’s capital. This second volume, continues the story of Mission from 1880 and its plans for ambitious expansion beyond Gubulawayo These plans were over-ambitious and these letters provide a record, in the Missionaries’ own words, of the trials and tribulations they suffered in trying to implement them. In the end fortitude was not enough and the book ends on a note of failure after much loss of life.

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Author

R.S. Roberts was formerly Professor of History at the University of Zimbabwe.