Travels Into the Interior of Africa

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Eland, 2003 - Travel - 384 pages
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A combination of two journeys, Scotsman Mungo Park's story of his first trip in 1795 as a 24-year old, and again in 1805, provided Europeans with their first reliable description of the interior of the continent. The first trip was full of an endearing vulnerability and the heroic generosity of a fit young man, while the second was one of Conradian tragedy, murder, and mayhem. Despite starvation, imprisonment, and frequent illness, he managed to keep a record. Though he failed in the object of his mission--to chart the course of the Niger River--he did succeed in exploring West Africa and opening in trade routes. His first-hand experiences of tribal justice, gold mining, and the slave trade are recorded, as well as his own understated heroism, a story of courage, open-hearted friendship, and betrayal. His vivid record of his travels brought a new image of Africa to the European public, though the continent claimed him for itself in death. Travels is still considered the most readable of all the classics of African exploration.

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User Review  - Kathryn Siuniak - Goodreads

An interesting, well written travel diary that is surprisingly easy to read given the date. There are a few turns in the plot to keep it interesting, as well as early European explorer commentary on the cultures they were being introduced to. Read full review

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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF AFRICA. (1799). Mungo Park. ****. This is, without a doubt, the best narrative of exploration that I have ever read that had Africa as its subject. Mungo Park was a Scotsman ... Read full review

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Mungo Park (1771-1806) was a Scottish explorer of the African continent. He was credited as being the first Westerner to encounter the Niger River.

Anthony Sattin is a journalist, broadcaster, and the author of several books, including "Shooting the Breeze, Lifting the Veil, Florence Nightingale's Letters from Egypt," and the highly acclaimed "The Pharaoh's Shadow," Over the past two decades, he has traveled extensively over the territory in which the African Association operated. An expert on the literature of travel, he has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the "Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian," and "Condé Nast Traveller," He lives in Great Britain.

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