The Discovery of the Nile

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For millennia, the Nile was the world's most intriguing geographic enigma. Where on earth might the source of such a powerful river lie? Roman legionnaires, Portuguese Jesuits, Scots, and Frenchmen all tried in vain to reveal the great river's secret; all were defeated by impassable swamps or diverted along deadend branches. It was not until the mid-19th century -- almost 400 years after the discovery of America -- that the mystery was resolved, thanks to the efforts of the British explorers Sir Richard Burton, ...
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Brand new. In shrink wrap. 351 p. Colored. maps ; 37 cm. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover. For millennia, the Nile was the world's most intriguing ... geographic enigma. Where on earth might the source of such a powerful river lie? Roman legionnaires, Portuguese Jesuits, Scots, and Frenchmen all tried in vain to reveal the great river's secret; all were defeated by impassable swamps or diverted along deadend branches. It was not until the mid-19th century -- almost 400 years after the discovery of America -- that the mystery was resolved, thanks to the efforts of the British explorers Sir Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, and Samuel White Baker. "The Discovery of the Nile" tells their stories and those of all the other adventurers who tackled the secret of the source. It also recounts the gradual exploration of the course of the river and its tributaries, from the ancient Egyptians to the Napoleonic conquest, from the British expedition to Abyssinia to the Egyptian invasion of Sudan, from the slave and ivory trades to the epic death of General Charles George Gordon at Khartoum, from the stories of the stranded white men 'rescued' by Henry Morton Stanley after a march of thousands of miles across the Congo, to the re-conquest of the Sudan by the British. Read more Show Less

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For millennia, the Nile was the world's most intriguing geographic enigma. Where on earth might the source of such a powerful river lie? Roman legionnaires, Portuguese Jesuits, Scots, and Frenchmen all tried in vain to reveal the great river's secret; all were defeated by impassable swamps or diverted along deadend branches. It was not until the mid-19th century -- almost 400 years after the discovery of America -- that the mystery was resolved, thanks to the efforts of the British explorers Sir Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, and Samuel White Baker. The Discovery of the Nile tells their stories and those of all the other adventurers who tackled the secret of the source. It also recounts the gradual exploration of the course of the river and its tributaries, from the ancient Egyptians to the Napoleonic conquest, from the British expedition to Abyssinia to the Egyptian invasion of Sudan, from the slave and ivory trades to the epic death of General Charles George Gordon at Khartoum, from the stories of the stranded white men 'rescued' by Henry Morton Stanley after a march of thousands of miles across the Congo, to the re-conquest of the Sudan by the British.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556706004
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 14.38 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The River of the Pharaohs 14
The Imaginary Maps: Nile Cartography from Ptolemy to the Eighteenth Century 30
A Dynasty of Slaves: The Mamelukes 54
A Latter-Day Marco Polo: James Bruce in Abyssinia 72
The Great Sultan: Bonaparte in Egypt 84
A Slave Empire: Mehemet Ali and the Conquest of the Sudan 104
The Lost City of Meroe: Frederic Cailliaud 124
Black Ivory: The Slave Trade from Khartoum to Zanzibar 130
Toward the Mountains of the Moon: Burton and Speke 142
The Solving of the Enigma: Speke and Grant 152
A Very Victorian Couple: The Bakers and the Discovery of Lake Albert 168
The Missionary and the Journalist: Livingstone and Stanley 184
A Brigand on the Throne of Solomon: The British Expedition to Abyssinia 212
Excursions among the Cannibals: Schweinfurth and Miani 234
Ismailia: Baker Conquers Equatoria 242
The War against Slavery: Gordon and Gessi 252
The Bankruptcy of the Khedive: British Occupation of Egypt 270
God's Envoy in the Sudan: The Revolt of al-Mahdi 280
A Million Pounds' Worth of Ivory: Stanley and the Relief of Emin Pasha 292
Avenging Gordon: The Reconquest of the Sudan 304
In the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Nile of Scholars and Artists 314
The Nile 344
Index 346
Bibliography 349
Illustration Credits 350
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