First Footsteps in East Africa: Or, an Exploration of Harar

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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 - 20 October 1890) was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.

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First Footsteps in East Africa or an Exploration of Harar

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Overview

Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS (19 March 1821 - 20 October 1890) was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.

Burton was a captain in the army of the East India Company, serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War). Following this, he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika. This book describes his adventures in East Africa in his own words.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781500866303
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/13/2014
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,366,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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Preface; 1. Departure from Aden; 2. Life in Zayla; 3. Excursions near Zayla; 4. The Somal, their origin and peculiarities; 5. From Zayla to the Hills; 6. From the Zayla Hills to the Marar Prairie; 7. From the Marar Prairie to Harar; 8. Ten days at Harar; 9. A ride to Berberah; 10. Berberah and its environs; Postscript; Appendices.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Recommended for enthusiasts of Capt. Sir Richard Burton

    This is an account of the travels of Capt Burton in the Harar region of East Africa. The book is written in a very Victorian, descriptive manner that will be enjoyed by readers interested in Victorian African exploration. Burton was well known for his often vivid descriptions of native peoples and this volume is no exception.The reader is transformed into the region of Ethiopia/Northern Kenya in a unique way as Burton is disguised as an Arab trader. Readers will gain a good insight into what life was like in Victorian Harar and about the daily lives of the indigenous peoples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Armchair adventurers rejoice!

    A much superior digital rendering than any other 'free' ebooks offered of this title. A no-regrets purchase.

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