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Topics in Chronicling America - Theodore Roosevelt's Africa Expedition

In June of 1910 Theodore Roosevelt 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 and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 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.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Roosevelt, East Africa, Mombasa, Congo, Khartoum, Sudan, Smithsonian, African Game Trails.
  • To narrow results, search between the dates March 1909 and March 1910 for articles published while Roosevelt was in Africa, and between June 1910 and September 1910 for articles pertaining to Roosevelt's return to the U.S. and the publication of his book, African Game Trails.
  • When searching for information about Roosevelt's travels in Sudan and Khartoum, also try the alternate spellings "Soudan" and "Khartum."

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