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Sultan to Sultan Adventures of a Woman Among the Masai and Other Tribes of East AfricaIn the last half of the nineteenth century Africa was still the 'dark continent ' with large areas of its territory unmapped Tribes in many regions had not been subdued and from their initial contacts with Arab slavers and Western explorers they were often hostile to foreigners Diseases against which outsiders had no immunities had been named but not cured Roads and even trails were almost nonexistent B.

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Sultan to Sultan - Adventures of a Woman Among the Masai and Other Tribes of East Africa characters º 0 Ð In the last half of the nineteenth century Africa was still the 'dark continent ' with large areas of its territory unmapped Tribes in many regions had not been subdued and Ut these very obstacles made Africa an irresistible challenge to adventurers Most of course were men but one of the remarkable unconventional and brave of these explorers was a middle aged American woman by the name of May French Sheldon who in 1891 planned and led an expedition to East Africa For her it was not enough just to follow the trail of the male explorers Her aim was to prove that women could.

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Do whatever men could do May contributed learned papers on little known topics such as the navigation of Lake Chala and she made some of the first ethnographic studies of African women and children It is the latter work which today stands out as a major accomplishment Along with her contemporary Mary Kingsley Sheldon was among the first white people to describe Africans and African culture sympathetical.