Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo 2 Volume Set: And across the Great Desert, to Morocco, Performed in the Years 1824?1828

Travels through Central Africa to Timbuctoo 2 Volume Set: And across the Great Desert, to Morocco, Performed in the Years 1824?1828

by Rene Caillie
     
 

French explorer Réné Caillié (1799-1838) was the first European to document a successful expedition to Timbuktu, Africa's elusive 'city of gold'. Europeans were not welcome there, and until Caillié's expedition no explorer had returned alive. Encouraged by the 10,000 francs offered by the Société de Géographie to the first

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French explorer Réné Caillié (1799-1838) was the first European to document a successful expedition to Timbuktu, Africa's elusive 'city of gold'. Europeans were not welcome there, and until Caillié's expedition no explorer had returned alive. Encouraged by the 10,000 francs offered by the Société de Géographie to the first non-Muslim to bring back information on the city, he set out in 1824 from Senegal and eventually reached Timbuktu in 1828, remaining there for a fortnight before returning to France. His travels are recounted here in this two-volume work, first published in English in 1830. Volume 1 covers his outward journey, with detailed accounts of the people, customs and commerce he encountered on the way. Volume 2 covers his time in Timbuktu, its tribal conflict and slavery, and the return journey across the Sahara Desert while suffering from fever and fatigue. Vividly written, Caillié's work remains a landmark in the history of African exploration and adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108061094
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies
Pages:
1018
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 2.50(d)

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