Henry Morton Stanley was one of the most famous European explorers of the African continent. His personal discipline, determination and hardy constitution were allied to a seemingly complete disregard for the lives of those who would help him in his achievements and to a journalistic flair that enabled him to promote his own importance via world newspapers and book-publishing. His life-work as an explorer and colonialist made him personally rich and inaugurated a pattern of invasion and exploitation that was to lead to the death of millions of Africans and the cultural ruin of the Congo basin, a legacy which still mires efforts at the cultural reconstruction of this crucial part of the earth’s ecology.
Henry Morton Stanley …
Clark, Robert. "Henry Morton Stanley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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