An Account of Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798, Volume 2: Including Cursory Observations on the Geology and Geography of the Southern Part of that Continent

An Account of Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa, in the years 1797 and 1798, Volume 2: Including Cursory Observations on the Geology and Geography of the Southern Part of that Continent

by John Barrow
     
 
Sir John Barrow (1764–1848) was a distinguished British government servant whose diplomatic career took him to China and Africa, and who in forty years as Secretary to the Admiralty was responsible for promoting Arctic and Antarctic exploration, including the voyages of Sir John Ross, Sir William Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin. This account of

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Sir John Barrow (1764–1848) was a distinguished British government servant whose diplomatic career took him to China and Africa, and who in forty years as Secretary to the Admiralty was responsible for promoting Arctic and Antarctic exploration, including the voyages of Sir John Ross, Sir William Parry, Sir James Clark Ross and Sir John Franklin. This account of his time in Southern Africa was published in 1801, with a second volume following in 1804. Barrow's exploration of the Cape Colony in 1797–8 coincided with the imposition of British control in 1795 on a former Dutch colony, making this work an important source about this transitional period. Volume 2 takes a political focus, and elaborates Barrow's belief that the Cape of Good Hope could serve the commercial interests of the growing British empire in the east; he also discusses the strategic advantages of stationing troops along the Cape.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108032780
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series
Pages:
506
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

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