Mungo Park and the quest of the Niger by Stephen Lucius Gwynn

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  • Park, Mungo, -- 1771-1806,
  • Africa -- Discovery and exploration,
  • Niger River

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Statementby Stephen Gwynn
SeriesThe Golden hind series
The Physical Object
Pagination5 p. l., 269 p.
Number of Pages269
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Open LibraryOL14807050M

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Mungo Park (11 September – ) was a Scottish explorer of West Africa. After an exploration of the upper Niger River aroundhe wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa in which he theorized the Niger and Congo merged to become the same river.

He was killed during a second expedition, having successfully traveled about two Alma mater: University of Edinburgh. Mungo Park was born to a family of prosperous farmers who were able to pay for his good education. When Park was only fourteen, he was apprenticed to a surgeon in Selkirk, Thomas Anderson, whose daughter later became Park’s wife.

At the age of sixteen, Park enrolled in the medical studies at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in Genre/Form: biography: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Gwynn, Stephen Lucius, Mungo Park and the quest of the Niger. New York, G.P. Putnam's. Additional Physical Format: Online version: Gwynn, Stephen Lucius, Mungo Park and the quest of the Niger.

London, John Lane [] (OCoLC) Luckily, after four months of being held captive Park was able to escape. After escaping Park continued in his quest and reach the Niger River in With the help of native villages, Park was able to follow the Niger for eighty miles before having to turn back for lack of supplies.

Mungo Park and the quest of the Niger, (The Golden hind series) [Gwynn, Stephen Lucius] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mungo Author: Stephen Lucius Gwynn. In the Association appointed Mungo Park to explore the course of the River Niger--until Houghton had reported that the Niger flowed from West to East, it was believed that the Niger was a tributary of either the river Senegal or Gambia.

The Association wanted proof of the river's course and to know where it finally : Alistair Boddy-Evans. • Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa by Mungo Park is available in Wordsworth Editions (£).

To order a copy for £, go to or call Mungo Park and the Niger [Joseph Thomson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's large-scale digitization efforts. The Library seeks to preserve the intellectual content of items in a manner that facilitates and promotes a variety of : Joseph Thomson.

Mungo Park was never seen again. Almost eight months after Park's final correspondence reached the UK, The Times revealed that "a letter, it is said, has been received from the River Gambia, stating, that Mr Mungo Parke [sic], the traveller, and his retinue (two or three excepted) have been murdered by the natives of the interior of that country".

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Book digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Mungo Park The ball was now on the feet of a young Scotsman, to see whether he could succeed where his predecessors had failed. This man was Mungo Park, who was one of the greatest explorers in the history of African made two journeys.

The first was in when he sighted the Niger at joy for this success was aptly put by himself as he uttered the following words. The name was Wissam Zahawi. He was the brother of my louche gay part-Kurdish friend, the by-now late Mazen. He was also, or had been at the time of his trip to Niger, Saddam Hussein's ambassador to the Vatican.

I expressed incomprehension. What was an envoy to the Holy See doing in Niger. Obviously he was not taking a vacation. Mungo Park was 24 when he set out in to follow the Gambia River inland and then through the interior to the River Niger, through then unknown regions of West Africa.

The Scottish Park, educated as a botanist and a surgeon, traveled alone or with a few local guides, which was unusual in and of itself/5. Park learned that the authorities in London were considering sending him back to the Niger area. He wrote to Sir Joseph Banks: “If such are the views of Government, I hope that my exertions in some station or other, may be of use to my country.I have not as yet found any situation in which I could practise to advantage as a surgeon; and unless some of my friends interest themselves in my Author: Hamish Macpherson.

mungo park. To continue our narrative of exploration we must now leave the sweltering suns and miasmatic atmosphere of Western Africa for the temperate climate and bracing breezy hillsides of southern Scotland—turning from the river dear to the geographer to the stream loved of the poet—from the Niger to the Yarrow.

Isa Ber, “the big river,” the Songhai called it and in Tuareg we call it Egerew Niger ewen, “river of rivers” evidently from which Mungo Park got the inspiration to christen it “Niger.” Naamu.

Perhaps Mungo Park would have discovered (for the European) the course of the River had he not unfortunately died on the river, mistaken for. Mungo Park () was the first European to reach the Niger River.

"Until the publication of Park's [first] book in hardly anything was known of the interior of Africa, apart from the north-east region and the coastal areas. Africa is not done with Mungo Park. In Par 2 of our series on Mungo park, he returns to West Africa in with a large force - nearly 40 soldiers - determined to map the Niger to its outlet - as well as find the legendary city of Timbuktu.

Listen to this. Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central First published inTravels 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 a Westerner is known to Pages: Volume 2 of Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa: Performed in the Years, and With an Account of a Subsequent Mission to that Country inIsaaco (an African, Mungo Park's guide.) Authors: Mungo Park, Isaaco (an African, Mungo Park's guide.) Publisher: John Murray, Original from: Oxford University: Digitized 5/5(1).

the quest of mungo park: kinnupe was el-dorado (part i) Today we all look towards Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East or even Sri Lanka whenever the topic of the geographical location of the mythical Olympus, the legendary El Dorado or the religious Garden of Eden is broached.

In Park offered his services to the African Association, then looking for a successor to Major Daniel Houghton, who had been sent in to discover the course of the Niger River and had. Mungo Park and the Niger. by Thomson, Joseph, Publication date Topics Park, Mungo, Publisher New York: Dodd Collection majorityworldcollection; Princeton; americana Digitizing sponsor Princeton Theological Seminary Library Contributor Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Mungo Park As the Eighteenth Century drew to a close, European explorers turned their gaze toward one of the world's last great unexplored regions: the heart of Africa.

Though colonizing Europeans had been visiting coastal villages and establishing forts in Africa for over years, little was known of the interior of the Dark Continent. modern European quest for the sources of the mythical Nile ; Park's work started the effective search for the sources of the equally mythical Niger.

James Bruce and Mungo Park come at the beginning-and David Livingstone comes towards the end-of that remarkable period that has been called the. Mungo Park in Africa. The book revealed Park as the essential Romantic explorer. brass plate that was mounted by Victorian admirers on a monument overlooking the vast and shadowy delta of the river Niger, and dedicated ‘To Mungo Park,and Richard Lander,who traced the course of the Niger from near its source to the sea.

Mungo Park and the quest of the Niger Stephen Lucius Gwynn Not In Library. Not In Library. Publishing History This is a chart to show the publishing history of editions of works about this subject. Along the X axis is time, and on the y axis is the count of editions published.

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Read an excerpt of this book. Quickview. by Mungo Park. Paperback $ See All Formats. Add to Wishlist. Mungo Park( – ) On SeptemScottish explorer of the African continent Mungo Park was born.

He is best known for being the first Westerner to encounter the central portion of the Niger River. Moreover, Mungo Park’s adventures on the Niger are the subject matter of Water Music, a richly detailed comic adventure novel published by T.C.

Boyle. Mungo Park was born the seventh child to family of thirteen in Scotland in From a young age Park apprenticed as a physician and even got his medical degree. Upon traveling to London, Park met Sir Joseph Banks, an explorer who had travelled the world with Captain Cook.

In 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 districts of Africa is his Journal of that extraordinary journey.

Kenneth Lupton’s Mungo Park the African Traveler is a penetrating and exciting biography of one of the most remarkable explorers in the golden age of African exploration. Lupton, a teacher at a. The title of Samuel Mossman's book, Mungo Park: Heroes of Discovery (), is illustrative.

This view of Park is most clearly apparent in his treatment by the African explorer Joseph Thomson in his Mungo Park and the Niger (), Mungo Park and the Quest for the Niger () London, by: The Niger River (/ ˈ n aɪ dʒ ər /; French: (le) fleuve Niger, pronounced [(lə) flœv niʒɛʁ]) is the principal river of West Africa, extending about 4, km (2, mi).Its drainage basin is 2, km 2 (, sq mi) in area.

Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern runs in a crescent through Mali, Niger, on the border with Benin and then through Nigeria Cities: Tembakounda, Bamako, Timbuktu, Niamey. InMungo Park, a young Scottish doctor, set out for West Africa under the sponsorship of the African Association.

Park's goals were to find the elusive Niger River - which no European had ever set their eyes on - as well as locate the legendary city of Timbuktu. It would be an epic journey filled with.

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The story of that great explorer\'s expeditions into the West African interior in quest of the course of the Niger - edited and assembled by another great Scottish explorer, whose main work had been on the eastern side of the continent. pp with text engravings and engraved plates and 11 maps, some in colour and folding.

Travels in the Interior of Africa. MUNGO PARK. CASSELL & COMPANY, Limited: LONDON, PARIS, NEW YORK & MELBOURNE. INTRODUCTION. The first of the two volumes which contain Mungo Park’s “Travels in the Interior of Africa” brought him through many perils to the first sight of the Niger, and left him sick and solitary, stripped of nearly all that he possessed, a half-starved.

Mungo Park and the Quest of the Niger, Stephen Gwynn (Lane ; Putnam’s, ) The dust jackets for both Lane and Harper’s copies are, in most cases, relatively plain in design and common to the series. The jacket from E.F. Benson’s Ferdinand Magellan on a Harper’s edition (below, ) is illustrated and unique to the title.

This. The ball was now on the feet of a young Scotsman, to see whether he could succeed where his predecessors had failed. This man was Mungo Park, who was one of the greatest explorers in the history of African exploration. He made two journeys. The first was in when he sighted the Niger at Bussa.Water Music combines elements of the picaresque novel—a satirical narrative in which a roguish character of low social standing (Ned Rise) survives by his wits—with the classic story of a hero's quest (Mungo Park's search for the Niger River).Read this book on Questia.

A little over a hundred and fifty years ago a young Scots surgeon named Mungo Park, more dead than alive from months of quenching travel, rode through Saharan sand and thorn into the remote city of Segu on the upper reaches of the river Niger.

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