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"There is only one way of improving the Wakikuyu," Francis Hall wrote to his father, "[and] that is wipe them out; I should be only too delighted to do so, but we have to depend on them for food supplies." Of course Hall, an officer in the Imperial British East Africa Company, was unaware that he was echoing precisely the sentiments of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest Prospero reminded his daughter that they could not eliminate Caliban completely because they needed him to cut wood for their fire and haul water for their cooking.
It was the arrival on the scene of the Imperial British East Africa Company in 1888 that saved the CMS from local disaster.
This fascinating study isolates a short period of Kenya's coastal history and concentrates not on slavery as practised on plantations but on runaway slaves (called watoro in Swahili and often referred to in the volume as maroons) in the context of the interests pursued by the Church Missionary Society (CMS), coastal slave owners, the Busaidi sultanate in Zanzibar and other Arab rulers, the British government, the Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEACO) and, most significantly, the runaway slaves themselves.