Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge. Showing extreme courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations in the fierce competition. Award-winning author Tim Jeal deploys fascinating new research to provide a vivid tableau of the unmapped "Dark Continent," its jungle deprivations, and the courage--as well as malicious tactics--of the explorers.

On multiple forays launched into east and central Africa, the travelers passed through almost impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, and even death. They discovered Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and became the first white people to encounter the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the story with authentic new detail and examines the tragic unintended legacy of the Nile search that still casts a long shadow over the people of Uganda and Sudan.

 

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The Nile River might have been one of the cradles of early civilization, but the source of that great river remained a mystery until the Victorian Era. As scientific exploration all around the planet ... Read full review

Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

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Having authored biographies of individual explorers, e.g., Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer, Jeal now presents an overall account of the Victorian-era struggle to locate the ... Read full review

Contents

TWENTY
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO
TWENTYTHREE
TWENTYFOUR
PART 2
TWENTYFIVE
TWENTYSIX

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SEVEN
EIGHT
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TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
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EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTYSEVEN
TWENTYEIGHT
TWENTYNINE
THIRTY
THIRTYONE
THIRTYTWO
THIRTYTHREE
THIRTYFOUR
CODA
APPENDIX
Acknowledgements
Sources
Notes
Index
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Tim Jeal is a highly acclaimed biographer and novelist.

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