Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po: By a F.R.G.S.

Wanderings in West Africa from Liverpool to Fernando Po: By a F.R.G.S.

by Richard Francis Burton


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Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a British explorer, writer and ethnologist best known for his travels in Asia and Africa in the nineteenth century. This is his account, originally published in 1863, of his mission to investigate mortality in West Africa. In Volume 2 he continues to recount his explorations, from Cape Palmas through to Cape Coast, the Gold Coast, Accra, Lagos and finally Fernando Po. Through his vivid and sometimes grim recollections, Burton reveals West Africa's culture, traditions, and living and working environments, showing how slaves were exploited in the gold trade, dwellings were overcrowded and unclean, and poverty and starvation were rife, in the midst of enduring inequality between Europeans and native Africans. Providing a broad historical, political and cultural background to his findings, Burton lends a unique insight into nineteenth-century Africa, which remains of great relevance to anthropologists, historians and geographers today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108030526
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(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

6. Six hours at the Cape of Cocoa Palms (continued); 7. Twenty-four hours at Cape Coast Castle; 8. Gold in Africa; 9. A pleasant day in the land of ants; 10. A day at Lagos; 11. Benin - Nun - Bonny River to Fernando Po.

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