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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.


"The Hamburg leaves her pier, with many tugs ranged about her." April 18, 1909. Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles, CA), Image 42. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

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!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


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.
1910 African Game Trails, Roosevelt's account of his travels in Africa is published.