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

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

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by Tim Jeal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300149352

ISBN-13: 9780300149357

Pub. Date: 11/01/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300149357
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Plates xiii

Maps xvii

Introduction 1

Part I Solving the Mystery

1 Blood In God's River 13

2 A Great Misalliance 36

3 A Rush of Men Like a Stormy Wind 45

4 About a Rotten Person 56

5 Everything Was to be Risked for This Prize 65

6 Promises and Lies 95

7 A Blackguard Business 112

8 Our Adventurous Friend 122

9 As Refulgent as the Sun 145

10 An Arrow into the Heart 156

11 Nothing Could Surpass It! 166

12 The Nile is Settled 178

13 A Hero's Abberrations 190

14 Death in the Afternoon 199

15 The Doctor's Dilemma 209

16 The Glory of Our Prize 215

17 A Trumpet Blown Loudly 241

18 Almost in Sight of the End 246

19 Never to Give Up the Search Until I Find Livingstone 257

20 The Doctor's Obedient and Devoted Servitor 270

21 Threshing Out the Beaten Straw 279

22 Nothing Earthly Will Make Me Give Up My Work 285

23 Where Will You Be? Dead or Still Seeking the Nile? 294

24 The Unknown Half of Africa Lies Before Me 310

Part 2 The Consequences

25 Shepherds of the World? 329

26 Creating Equatoria 335

27 An Unheard of Deed of Blood 345

28 Pretensions on the Congo 352

29 An Arabian Princess and a German Battle Squadron 359

30 'Saving' Emin Pasha and Uganda 365

31 The Prime Minister's Protectorate 376

32 To Die for the Mahdi's Cause 385

33 Equatoria and the Tragedy of Southern Sudan 395

34 A Sin not Theirs: The Tragedy of Northern Uganda 406

CODA Lacking the Wand of an Enchanter 422

Appendix: Fifty Years of Books on the Search for the Nile's Source 438

Acknowledgements 443

Sources 445

Notes 457

Index 494

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