Ewart Grogan, "the baddest and boldest of a bad bold gang" of settlers in Kenya, was one of the most brilliant and controversial figures of African colonial history. When he proposed to a young heiress, Gertrude Coleman, he needed to prove himself a "somebody" to her father in order to win her hand. He did so in inimitable style, announcing that he intended to accomplish the first south-to-north traverse of Africa. In 1900, after two years of illness and extreme hardship, he arrived triumphantly in Cairo. He became an instant celebrity, and, on returning to England, at last married Gertrude. Now with a considerable fortune at his disposal, he quickly became a leader among the settlers in British East Africa, and embarked on a lifetime of grand projects, despite government inertia, enormous natural obstacles and the looming threat of bankruptcy. Time after time he proved the doubters wrong, as he pulled off the seemingly impossible.
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Edward Paice was a History Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge and winner of the Leman Prize. After ten years working as an investment analyst in the City he spent the best part of four years in Kenya and newly-independent Eritrea, writing travel and natural history guides. He regularly lectures and contributes articles on a variety of African topics, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
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