Southern Africa was once regarded as a worthless jumble of British colonies, Boer republics, and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. But then prospectors chanced upon the world’s richest deposits of diamonds and gold, setting off a titanic struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the land. The result was the costliest, bloodiest, and most humiliating war that Britain had waged in nearly a century, and the devastation of the Boer republics.
The New Yorker calls this magisterial account of those years “[an] astute history…Meredith expertly shows how the exigencies of the diamond (and then gold) rush laid the foundation for apartheid.”
Notorious Kwaku Ananse has been active in the galamsey business. He has brought strangers with guns to dig for illegal gold. They are destroying the beautiful environment. The animals of the forest are not happy. Then Sawteeth returns from one of his trips. Will he be able to lead the animals to attack and drive away the galamsey people?