Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Including; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: WORDSWORTH CLASSICS OF WORLD LITERATURE

Autor Mungo Park
en Limba Engleză Paperback – iun 2002

With an Introduction and Notes by Bernard Waites, The Open University.

In 1795 Mungo Park, a twenty-four year old Scottish surgeon, set out from the Gambia to trace the course of the Niger, a river of which Europeans had no first-hand knowledge. Travels in the Interior of Africa is his journal of that extraordinary journey. He travelled on the sufferance of African rulers and soon came to depend for his survival on the charity of African villagers. Before he reached the Niger, he endured months of captivity in the camp of a Moorish chief. His subsequent misadventures included being robbed and stripped naked by Fulani bandits.

Yet, throughout his travels, Park maintained a remarkable empathy for African societies and beliefs. He recorded what he saw as accurately as he could, and without presuming European superiority. He prefaced his journal with the disclaimer that it ‘has nothing to recommend it but truth'. It is a plain unvarnished tale, without any pretensions of any kind…’ Park’s truthfulness and lack of pretension will endear him to modern readers.

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ISBN-13: 9781840226010
ISBN-10: 1840226013
Pagini: 406
Dimensiuni: 124 x 196 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Editura: Wordsworth Classics

Locul publicării:United Kingdom


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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A bestselling 1799 account of the first western expedition to the River Niger and the interior of West Africa.