Ernst D. Moore 1907 Ivory Trading Diary

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Want an adventure, help us in transcribing Ernst R. Moore’s papers. Moore worked as an ivory trader employed by Arnold, Cheney & Co., ivory importers of New York City, serving as the firm's agent in Aden, Mombasa, and Zanzibar from 1907 to 1911. In his work, Moore negotiated the purchase of tons of elephant tusks from the Arab traders who brought them from the interior of Africa, and made several trips into the interior himself. Over the course of his four years abroad, Moore is credited as the largest purchaser of Ivory in Africa at the time. He also served briefly as U.S. Consul at Zanzibar in 1911. While in Africa, Moore came in contact with the famous as well as the infamous; ranging from President Teddy Roosevelt when part of the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, to the notorious slave trader and raider Tippu Tib and American poacher, King James. You can help us in transcribing these wonderful papers, while at the same time following Moore’s adventures.

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