The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places: West Africa by John Keay

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  • Title: The Mammoth E book of Journey in Harmful Locations: West Africa
  • Author: John Keay
  • Category: Journey
  • Date: June 2012
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781472100054

 

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Alone in Africa – Mungo Park Park’s 1795-7 odyssey seeking the Niger first woke up the world to the feasibility of a white man penetrating sub-Saharan Africa. However in contrast to his illustrious successors, this quiet tenant farmer’s son from the Scottish Borders travelled alone; relieved of his meager possessions, he was quickly wholly dependant on native hospitality. In what he known as “a plain unvarnished story” he associated horrific ordeals with admirable detachment – by no means more examined than on his return journey by way of Bamako, now the capital of Mali. The Street to Kano – Hugh Clapperton In one in every of exploration’s unhappier sagas two Scots, Captain Hugh Clapperton and Dr. Walter Oudney, had been saddled with the unspeakable Main Dixon Denham on a 3 yr journey to Lake Chad and past. Clapperton mapped a lot of northern Nigeria and emerged with credit score. Main Denham additionally excelled himself, twice absconding, then accusing Oudney of incompetence and Clapperton of buggery. Fortunately the Main was absent in 1824, after nursing his dying buddy, Clapperton turned the primary European to succeed in Kano. Down the Niger – Richard Lander As Clapperton’s manservant, Lander attended his dying grasp on his 1825 expedition to the Niger and was then commissioned, together with his brother John, to proceed the exploration of the river. The thriller of its decrease course was lastly solved when in 1831 they sailed down by way of Nigeria to the delta and the ocean. Unassuming Cornishmen, the Landers approached their activity with a refreshing confidence in goodwill of Africans. It paid of in a knife-edge encounter on the confluence of the Benoue, though Richard subsequently paid the worth together with his life. Arrival in Timbuktu – Heinrich Barth Born in Hamburg, Barth was already an skilled traveler and a methodical scholar when in 1850 he joined a British expedition to analyze Africa’s inner slave commerce. From Tripoli the expedition crossed the Sahara to Lake Chad. Its chief died however Barth continued on alone, exploring huge tract of the Sahel from northern Cameroon to Mali. Timbuktu, beforehand visited solely by A.G. Laing and René Caillié, supplied the climax as Barth, in disguise, approached the forbidden metropolis by boat from the Niger. My Ogowé Followers – Mary Kingsley Self-educated whereas she nursed her aged mother and father, Mary Kingsley had identified solely middle-class English domesticity till venturing to West Africa in 1892. Her mother and father had died and, single, she decided to check “fish and fetish” for the British Museum. Her 1894 ascent of Gabon’s Ogowé River (from Travels in West Africa, 1897) established her a real pioneer and an inimitable narrator. She died six years later whereas nursing prisoners in the course of the Boer Struggle

 

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