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Henry Stanley and the European Explorers of Africa

Henry Stanley and the European Explorers of Africa

by Steven Sherman

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Gr 6-9-Starting with the late 18th-century exploits of Scottish explorer Mungo Park, Sherman presents a vivid description of pre-colonial Africa, a land to which only those with insatiable yearnings for adventure and glory dared to venture. Just as he spares no gruesome detail when writing about the perils of the uncharted terrritory, he refuses to glorify the explorers discussed. Hence, readers find out that John Hanning Speke, breaking promises made to his terribly ill partner Richard Burton, addressed the Royal Geographical Society alone and secured sponsorship for a new expedition for himself, and that Stanley relied on plundering villages to ``raise the morale'' of his men. Covering much more than the geographic discoveries of the source of the Nile and the famous ``finding'' of Dr. Livingstone (who was never lost), the text is beautifully augmented by both modern and period illustrations. A further reading section, helpful chronology, and solid index are also included. While the style may be somewhat daunting, the horrors and hardships faced by these early explorers, as well as those they created, will be enough to keep youngsters reading.-Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY

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World Explorers Series
Age Range:
10 Years

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