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To the Gold Coast for Gold: A Personal Narrative
     

To the Gold Coast for Gold: A Personal Narrative

by Richard Francis Burton, Verney Lovett Cameron
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108031431
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.

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