Travels in Africa.

By Mungo Park

Printed: 1903

Publisher: Adam & Charles Black. London

Dimensions 15 × 20 × 4 cm

Language: English

Signed by: Dedication by the author

Size (cminches): 15 x 20 x 4

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Red cloth binding with gilt title and African images on the spine and front board.

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Mungo Park (11 September 1771 – 1806) was a Scottish explorer of West Africa. After an exploration of the upper Niger River around 1796, he wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa in which he theorised the Niger and Congo merged to become the same river. He was killed during a second expedition, having successfully travelled about two-thirds of the way down the Niger. With Park’s death, the idea of a Niger-Congo merger remained an open question although it became the leading theory among geographers. The mystery of the Niger’s course, which had been speculated about since the Ancient Greeks and was second only to the mystery of the Nile’s source, was not solved for another 25 years, in 1830, when it was discovered the Niger and Congo were in fact separate rivers. If the African Association was the "beginning of the age of African exploration" then Mungo Park was its first successful explorer; he set a standard for all who followed. Park was the first Westerner to have recorded travels in the central portion of the Niger, and through his popular book introduced the public to a vast unexplored continent which influenced future European explorers and colonial
ambitions in Africa.

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