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Travels into the Interior of Africa - Mungo Park

Travels into the Interior of Africa

Paperback Published: 26th September 2003
ISBN: 9780907871040
Number Of Pages: 376

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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.

Author's Prefacep. 9
The First Journeyp. 13
Afterword to the First Journeyp. 283
The Second Journeyp. 295
Afterword to the Second Journeyp. 375
Illustrations
Mapp. 2
Mungo Park. From an engraving after the portrait by Henry Ederidge reproduced as the frontispiece to the Travelsp. 7
A view of Ali's tent at the camp of Benownp. 105
A view of Kamaliap. 201
Engraving showing Park in Africa by Lady Elizabeth Fasterp. 287
Mungo Park by Thomas Rowlandson c. 1805 by courtesy of the National Portrait Galleryp. 296
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ISBN: 9780907871040
ISBN-10: 0907871046
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 26th September 2003
Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.13 x 14.02  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition