Hugh Clapperton (1788-1827) was a former naval officer who was determined to explore the course of the River Niger. In 1822 he set out on an expedition to trace the river by approaching it through North Africa, though this proved unsuccessful. Three years later, Clapperton tried again, with plans to start in West Africa, and the young explorer Richard Lander (1804-1834) joined his party. They arrived in Badagry (in present-day Nigeria) and eventually crossed the Niger at Bussa, before reaching Sokoto (in north-west Nigeria), where Clapperton died from an attack of dysentery. Lander returned to England and published this two-volume account of the journey in 1830. Volume 1 recounts their voyage out, travel inland and arrival at the river. Volume 2 describes the death of Clapperton and Lander's eventual return alone to England after a series of adventures.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.09(d)|
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Introduction; Sketch of the author's life; 1. Life of the gentlemen and others engaged in the mission; 2. The ship sails again; 3. The travellers reach Badagry, and leave that city on the 7th of December; 4. Deaths of Dawson, Captain Pearce, and Dr. Morrison; 5. Residence at Katunga; 6. Widow Zuma's love adventures; 7. Residence at Kano; 8. The author quits Kano to join his master; 9. Religion. Volume 2: 10. Character of the Africans in general; 11. The author resumes his narrative; 12. The author's severe indisposition and distress of mind; 13. Pasko; 14. The author overtaken at Dunrora by four armed horsemen from Zeg Zeg, who force him to accompany them back to Zaria; 15. The author becoming entangled, whilst crossing a river, in the stirrups of his horse's saddle, is thrown from its back, and narrowly escapes drowning; 16. Ebo the celebrated fat Eunuch; 17. Novel method adopted by Europeans for conveying slaves on board their vessels; 18. The fetish-huts and tree at Badagry; 19. Captain Laing, of the Brig Maria, of London, hearing that an Englishman was at Badagry, comes from Whydah to fetch the Author.