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Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains: An Exploration

Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains: An Exploration

by Richard Francis Burton
Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains: An Exploration

Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains: An Exploration

by Richard Francis Burton
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Overview

Sir Richard Burton (1821–1890) the famous Victorian explorer, began his career in the Indian army in 1842. While in India he developed his linguistic talent, mastering more than forty different languages and dialects. He turned to writing books in the 1850s and, over the remaining forty years of his life, published dozens of works and more than one hundred articles. Burton wrote this two-volume work, published in 1863, while working as the British consul in Fernando Po (modern-day Equatorial Guinea), West Africa. In Volume 1 Burton describes his journey to Abeokuta, the capital of the Egba tribe of the Yoruba nation (which was located in the south-west of present-day Nigeria). Burton gives detailed descriptions of the people he meets – including the king – and considers the relationship between the Egba and British in the context of the latters' ambitions in West Africa.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108030274
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

9. Diplomacy; departure and return to Lagos; The Camaroons Mountains: 1. Preliminaries of exploration; 2. We encamp at 'Mann's Spring'; 3. First ascent of Pico Grande; 4. Subsequent ascents by Messrs. Calvo, Saker, and Mann; 5. The final ascent; 6. Return to Fernando Po; Appendices: 1. Mr. Grazilhier's description of the Ambozes Country; 2. Mr. Merrick's tour in West Africa; 3. Flora of the Camaroons Mountains, of Clarence Peak, Fernando Po, and of the Peak of San Thomé; 4. Notes on the fauna of the Camaroons Mountains; 5. Reports and letters touching Ambas Bay; 6. Meteorological observations; 7. Hypsometrical table.

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