To the Gold Coast for Gold: A Personal Narrative

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First published in 1883, this travel memoir chronicles the journey into West Africa undertaken by explorers Richard Burton (1821?90) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844?94) in 1881. The mission for the two men was to assess the mining potential of the west coast, first observed by Burton in a publication that had appeared twenty years earlier. Volume 2 starts with the men in Sierra Leone and describes the journey to Axim, 'the gold port of the past and the future' in Ghana. The subsequent chapters describe various ...

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Overview

First published in 1883, this travel memoir chronicles the journey into West Africa undertaken by explorers Richard Burton (1821–90) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844–94) in 1881. The mission for the two men was to assess the mining potential of the west coast, first observed by Burton in a publication that had appeared twenty years earlier. Volume 2 starts with the men in Sierra Leone and describes the journey to Axim, 'the gold port of the past and the future' in Ghana. The subsequent chapters describe various expeditions made out of Axim and the examination of some mines. The journey was cut short by the Foreign Office, who feared for the safety of the two explorers. Burton returned to Europe with a large collection of plant and animal specimens, and the pair sent 151 plant species, lists of which are included in the appendices, to Kew Gardens.

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12. The Sá Leonite at home and abroad; 13. From Sá Leonite to Cape Palmas; 14. From Cape Palmas to Axim; 15. Axim, the gold port of the past and the future; 16. Gold about Axim, especially at the Apatim or Bujiá concession; 17. The return-visit to King Blay; Atábo and Béin; 18. The Izrah mine - the Inyoko concession - the return to Axim; 19. To Prince's River and back; 20. From Axim to Ingotro and Akankon; 21. To Tumento, the 'Great Central Depôt'; 22. To Insimankáo and the Butabué Rapids; 23. To Effuenta, Crockerville, and the Aji Bipa Hill; 24. To the mines of Abosu, of the 'Gold Coast', and of the Tákwá ('African Gold Coast') Companies; 25. Return to Axim and departure for Europe; Conclusion; Appendix; List of birds collected by Captain Burton and Commander Cameron; List of plants collected on the Gold Coast by Captain Burton and Commander Cameron, R. N.; Index.

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