Theodore Roosevelt’s Africa Expedition: Topics in Chronicling America
From 1909 to 1910, President Theodore Roosevelt went on an expedition to Africa. This guide provides access to materials related to “Theodore Roosevelt's Africa Expedition” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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In June of 1910, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) returns from a lengthy expedition to Africa. A popular topic in the press, readers were fascinated both by former President Roosevelt as well as his destination. After his return, Roosevelt published a book titled "African Game Trails," which gathered together the monthly articles he wrote for "Scribner's Magazine" describing the trip. Read more about it!
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March 23, 1909
Roosevelt and his expeditionary party leave New York for Africa.
April 21, 1909
The expedition arrives in Mombasa. From there, Roosevelt and his party travel through British East Africa, the Belgian Congo, and Sudan.
March 14, 1910
The expedition ends its trip in Khartoum, Sudan, having acquired thousands of natural specimens.
June 18, 1910
Roosevelt returns to the United States.
African Game Trails, Roosevelt's account of his travels in Africa is published.