Victoria Falls and Colonial Imagination in British Southern Africa

Turning Water into Gold

  • Andrea L. Arrington-Sirois

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

About this book


This is the first full- length historical analysis of Victoria Falls. The text offers a critical examination of Victoria Falls providing new insight into the British Southern African project and reveals how Victoria Falls became one of the first modern African tourist destinations. This book makes a case for a critical reading of Victoria Falls as much more than a localized natural wonder.  Europeans with multiple and often competing agendas, as well as African leaders and laborers were brought into contact with one another at Victoria Falls.  Their visions of the past and hopes for the future shared Victoria Falls as a common point of inspiration.  The value these parties placed on the Falls extended far beyond its location on the Zambezi and had broad implications for the British Empire in Southern and Central Africa. 


Victoria Falls South Africa Zambezi River land rights settler colonialism Africa African African history Britain colonial history Cora Diamond Europe experience history history of literature imagination modern history settlement social life Southern Africa

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea L. Arrington-Sirois
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-59691-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-59693-2
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