By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt
The extraordinary tale of a guy who used to be born in Germany and determined, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa. His booklet describes sixty years stories as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and eventually for himself. He and his relatives skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas residing in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.
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We were relieved when the ship moved out to the open sea again where it was much cooler en route to our next port, Tanga. At Tanga I said farewell to my Swiss cabin mate. There a Mr. Saupe came on board to greet me. He was our company’s agent in Tanga. A very kind and friendly gentleman, he took me to his home for supper. His house was very nicely situated near the sea. During supper, his wife gave me much advice, including that from now on I was to take a tablet of quinine every day. On the table were some round green fruits and I was asked if I wished to try one.
The Germans had made big efforts to stop the slave trade. The Arab slavers resisted and there was heavy fighting near Bagamoyo. A strong watchtower and some gravestones of young Germans killed are still a reminder of these grim times. In several places one still sees round, stone-enclosed wells with a seat, also of stone, built in. The slaves were washed in these wells before being taken to the market in Zanzibar. Old watchtower/observation post outside Bagamoyo First German administrative building, Bagamoyo Old well (in former times, slaves were washed while sitting on the seat shown here) Coconut processing factory yard, Bagamoyo, 1927 Typical coastal African house Several famous expeditions to the heart of Africa started from Bagamoyo.
In Germany we had heard horror stories about the heat there, but we were travelling in the cool season and it was in fact rather pleasant. Years later I crossed the Red Sea in July and I learned that there had been some truth to the horror stories. On that second trip it was so hot that several of the crew collapsed. Our next stop was at Aden, a rather sad place—a small, dusty town, surrounded by sand with rocky mountains in the background. We drove to the big water reservoir a few kilometres inland.