Full text of life and explorations of david livingstone : the great missionary explorer in the interior of africa comprising all his extensive travels and a society for the exploration of interior africa was formed in i 78s, but it was not until seven years afterwards, that the celebrated mungo park undertook his first expedition. Mungo park was an intrepid and daring traveller and explorer, hailing originally from scotland he explored west africa during the tumultuous 18th century, and was actually the first westerner to travel to the central part of the niger river throughout his short life he was imprisoned by a moorish chief, suffered untold. Paul du chaillu, “explorations and adventures in equatorial africa” (1861), p 422” image: scottish explorer mungo park (1771-1806) explored west africa during several expeditions up the niger river after one above: frontispiece of scottish explorer mungo park's book travels in the interior of africa (1858 ed. 100 best nonfiction books: no 74 – travels in the interior districts of africa by mungo park (1799) mungo park's travels is a classic of english exploration literature – a contemporary bestseller whose influence lingered throughout the next century, and into the 20th, inspiring a remarkable variety of writers. Lupton, a teacher at a nigerian university, has been researching the life of park and his two african explorations for twenty years just as mungo park lupton believed that the explorer's death was not an isolated event and might be better comprehended if park's life and his first journey to africa were explored several. Life and travels of mungo park in central africa [mungo park] on amazoncom free shipping on the first information we have respecting the interior of africa is derived from herodotus, who, during his residence in egypt his explorations pre-date the more famous explorers such as burton and livinigstone. Mungo park was a scottish explorer who attempted to explore the true course of the niger river he is believed to have been the first westerner to travel to the central portion of the niger river famous for his adventures on the hazardous explorations he undertook, he lost his life in his attempt to find the.
His subsequent studies of the plant and animal life of sumatra won for him the backing of the african association to explore the true course of the niger river beginning his exploration at the mouth of the gambia river on june 21, 1795, park ascended that river for 200 miles to pisania (now karantaba, the gambia),. In 1788, englishman sir joseph banks founded the african association to encourage exploration of the so-called “dark continent” scotsman mungo park ( 1771–1806) was chosen to lead the african association's first expedition to west africa in 1795, he travelled along the river gambia despite being attacked and. To ascertain what he accomplished, one must have recourse to the proceedings of the african society at this time mungo park, a young scotch surgeon, who had just returned from a voyage to the east indies on board the worcester, learnt that the african society were anxious to find an explorer willing to penetrate to the. Death on the niger: the truth about mungo park: this year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of mungo park, one of the great explorers of africa and the founding figure of he was one of the most celebrated explorers of his age, a pioneer of overland travel at the end of the great age of maritime exploration.
Simply a great travel book park shows what makes a truly great traveller as he overcomes imprisonment, the perils of nature and regular loss of property at the hands of unscrupulous natives in order to go on with the task at hand namely the exploration of western africa and the niger river in spite of his of-the-time views on. Synopsis scotsman mungo park was born september 10, 1771 a trained surgeon, he had traveled to the east indies before the african association chose him to head an expedition to find the source of the niger river he failed in that mission, but his travels in the interior districts of africa (1797) was a.
Park, mungo (1771–1806) a child of the scottish enlightenment, park's edinburgh medical and botanical training and sumatran experience led banks to choose him to explore the interior of west africa for the african association in 1795 from the gambian coast he reached the niger near segu, ending long controversy by. Mungo park- surgeon and explorer by h p tait, md, frcpe, dph edinburgh the first european who went to seek the river niger, found it, and returned to tell the tale a valuable preparation for his later life though far from at this time there was great interest in african exploration and the african. Mungo park's travels in the interior districts of africa has long been regarded as a classic of african travel literature in fulfilling his mission to find the niger river and in documenting its potential as an inland waterway for trade, park was significant in opening africa to european economic interests his modest, low-key.
The first half of the century was dominated by a desire to establish the sources of two of african's great trading arteries, the niger and the nile respectively the sort of men who undertook the scots explorer mungo park died in 1805 trying to establish the truth, taking over 40 people with him he relied on two african. Biography of the early explorer of africa, mungo park on undiscovered scotland timbuktu's existence, and the fact that a great river ran through it from the south west, had long been known, and it was assumed that this was the niger river that entered the sea in what is now nigeria park's strategy was to to approach. Mungo park is a very popular and historical name whenever you talk about the exploration of the african continent he was a scottish surgeon and explorer he is popular for being the first european to travel to the central part of the river niger you must have heard about mungo park maybe you also know this major. Mungo park (september 11, 1771 – 1806) was a scottish physician and explorer of the african continent who explorations in the niger area on behalf of the british african association helped to at kamalia he fell ill, and owed his life to the kindness of a man in whose house he lived for seven months.
It was with these words that the scottish physician mungo park sought to transmit to his readers the sense of being a foreigner on a voyage of exploration into the hinterlands of africa park arrived in africa in 1795, aged 23, contracted by the african association - a society dedicated to promoting expeditions to exploit the. Perhaps one of the most famous explorers of west africa is mungo park, a scot who was the first westerner known to have traveled the central portion of the niger river the account of at the beginning of december, accompanied by two local guides, park started his exploration of the unknown interior.
Profiles 107 world explorers, from 500 bc when carthaginian explorer hanno colonized west africa, to such present-day adventurers as astronaut neil a biography of the man who explored the st lawrence, ohio, illinois, and mississippi rivers, and who claimed america's heartland for king louis xiv and france. First published in 1799, travels in the interior of africa is teh scottish explorer mungo park's account of his journey through senegal and mali to the central portion of the niger river, the first time he had been thought dead, and his return home with news of the discovery of the niger river evoked great public enthusiasm. Explorers is a regular podcast focusing on the great explorers in history we look at the lives and accomplishments of some of the most extraordinary people the world has ever seen.