First Footsteps in East Africa: Or, An Exploration of Hararby Richard Burton
Sir Richard Burton (1821–1890), the famous Victorian explorer, began his career in the Indian army in 1842. While in India he developed his linguistic talent, mastering more than forty different languages and dialects. He turned to writing books in the 1850s and, over the remaining forty years of his life, published dozens of works and more than one hundred articles. In this book, first published in 1856, Burton recounts his travels to Harar, a city in East Africa notorious for its slave trade activity. His plan was a challenging one, as it was believed that no European had been there before; upon arrival he claimed to be an agent of the British government and presented himself to the ruler of Harar. Burton was allowed to spend ten days there, and his account give a fascinating glimpse into a then unknown city and culture.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series
- Product dimensions:
- 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.70(d)
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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.
The exploration is exciting and informative. An E-book is more difficult to follow because the multitude of footnotes appear at the end of the chapters. At times, the story of the exploration digressed which was confusing to me.
A much superior digital rendering than any other 'free' ebooks offered of this title. A no-regrets purchase.