Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Performed under the Direction and Patronage of the African Association in the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797

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Mungo Park (1771–1806) was a Scottish surgeon and explorer. Encouraged by Sir Joseph Banks, he was sent by the African Association, in 1795, to explore the interior of Africa, forbidden to western traders. He is believed to have been the first European to reach the River Niger. His return was delayed by imprisonment and illness, and he did not arrive back in Scotland until December 1797, having been thought dead. He later went on a second expedition to Africa, and died there in 1806. This account of his earlier ...

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Overview

Mungo Park (1771–1806) was a Scottish surgeon and explorer. Encouraged by Sir Joseph Banks, he was sent by the African Association, in 1795, to explore the interior of Africa, forbidden to western traders. He is believed to have been the first European to reach the River Niger. His return was delayed by imprisonment and illness, and he did not arrive back in Scotland until December 1797, having been thought dead. He later went on a second expedition to Africa, and died there in 1806. This account of his earlier travels, published in 1799, was an immediate best-seller, with three editions in the first year. Park presents a straightforward account of his journey, together with observations about daily life in West Africa, with none of the arrogant superiority so often expressed by European travellers. The book includes a vocabulary of Mandinka words, plates and maps, and a geographical appendix.

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Preface; 1. The author's motives for undertaking the voyage; 2. Description of the Feloops, the Jaloffs, the Foulahs, and Mandingoes; 3. The author sets out from Pisania; 4. Some account of the inhabitants of Tallika; 5. Account of Kajaaga; 6. Arrival at Teesee; 7. The author admitted to an audience of the King of Kasson, whom he finds well disposed towards him; 8. Journey from Kemmoo to Funingkedy; 9. Some account of Jarra, and the Moorish inhabitants; 10. Various occurrences during the author's confinement at Benowm; 11. Occurrences at the camp continued; 12. Containing some further miscellaneous reflections on the Moorish character, and manners; 13. Ali departs for Jarra, and the author allowed to follow him thither; 14. The author feels great joy at his deliverance, and proceeds through the wilderness, E.S.E., but finds his situation very deplorable; 15. The author proceeds to Wassiboo; 16. Departure from Sego, and arrival at Kabba; 17. The author returns westward; 18. Inhospitable reception at Taffara; 19. Government of Manding; 20. Of the climate and seasons; 21. The account of the Mandingoes continued; 22. Observations concerning the state and sources of slavery in Africa; 23. Of gold-dust, and the manner in which it is collected; 24. Transactions at Kamalia resumed; 25. The Coffle crosses the Jallonka wilderness; 26. The caravan proceeds to Konkodoo, and crosses the Falemé river. A vocabulary of the Mandingo language; Appendix James Rennell: 1. Concerning the ideas entertained by the ancient geographers respecting the course of the river Niger; 2. Concerning the geographical discoveries of Mr. Park; 3. Construction of the geography of Mr. Park's expedition into Africa; 4. The construction of the geography continued; 5. Construction of the new map of north Africa; 6. The subject continued; 7. Observations on the physical and political geography of North Africa.

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