Rimbaud in Africa

Bunch of links mentioning Rimbaud after he left for Africa

Note sur les Inscriptions et Dessins Rupestres de la Gara des Chorfa

Mentions the publication Rimbaud wrote Les Tifinar de la gara des Chorfa, published in Renseignements coloniaux et Documents publiés par le Comité de l’Afrique française et le Comité du Maroc – 1901 -N° 5. Can’t find this anywhere though, its a shame because it is illustrated.

Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society 1884

M. Alfred Bardey, a member of the Society, forwarded from Africa a report, which M. Rimbaud, agent of the commercial house of Mazeran, Bardey et Cie., at Harar, had furnished on the subject of Ogadine, the name given to a central place of tribes of Somali origin as well as to the country which these tribes occupy. This territory is generally defined on the maps as situated between the Somali tribes of the Habr-Gerhadjis, Doulbahantes, Midjertins and Hawias on the north, east, and south; while on the west, Ogadine borders on the Eunyas (Gallas shepherds) as far as the river Webbe, which separates it from the great Oromon tribe of the Aroussis. The general aspect of the country is that of a steppe covered with long grass, but with stony gaps. The trees, at least in the districts explored by M. Rimbaud and his companions, are those of the Somali deserts, mimosas, gum-trees, &c. However, on nearing the Webbe, the inhabitants lead a more settled life and devote themselves to agriculture. But the shepherds of Ogadine, like the rest of the shepherds of this country, are always at war among themselves or with their neighbours. They are fanatical Mussulmans; each encampment has its iman, who chants the prayer at prescribed hours. Extempore poets, who possess a knowledge of the Koran and the Arab scriptures, are found in every tribe.

The places that he went to were no joke page 258:

All efforts, however, to penetrate from Harar into the interior have, with one single exception, ended disastrously. M. Luceran, a scientific explorer in the service of the French Ministry of Education, was murdered by the Galla, when he had scarcely left that place, in 1881. Sacconi, who proposed to visit the Ogaden country, met with the same fate when about twenty days’ march to the south or south-east of that town (5th August, 1883); and Lazzaro Panajosi, a Greek, shared the same fate soon afterwards. M. Rimbaud, however, a gentleman in the service of Messrs. Mazeran, Bardoy and Co., is reported to have returned in safety from a trading trip into the country of the Ogaden.

Comptes rendus des séances de la Société de géographie 1887
letter from Rimbaud to Bardey.


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