To the Gold Coast for Gold: Volume 1

To the Gold Coast for Gold: Volume 1 : A Personal Narrative

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First published in 1883, this travel memoir describes the journey into West Africa undertaken by explorers Richard Burton (1821-90) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-94) in 1881. The mission for the two men was to assess the mining potential of the west coast, first observed by Burton in a publication that had appeared twenty years earlier. The first few chapters of Volume 1 cover Burton's journey from Trieste to Lisbon, Madeira and Tenerife and on to Africa during the winter of 1881, including descriptions of Mount Atlas and the Canary Islands. The volume finishes with their arrival in Sierra Leone. The expedition was cut short by the Foreign Office, who feared for the safety of the two explorers. Burton returned to Europe with a large collection of plant and animal specimens, and the pair sent 151 plant species, lists of which are included in the appendices, to Kew Gardens.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 maps
  • 1139051830
  • 9781139051835

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Preliminary: Trieste to Lisbon; 2. From Lisbon to Madeira; 3. A fortnight at Madeira; 4. Madeira (continued) - Christmas - small industries - wine - Tenerife; 5. To Tenerife, La Laguna, and Orotava; 6. The routine ascent of Mount Atlas, the 'Pike' of Tenerife; 7. The Spanish ascent of the repulse of Nelson from Santa Cruz de Tenerife; 8. To Grand Canary - Las Palmas, the capital; 9. The Cochineal - the 'Gallo' - Canary 'Sack' - adieu to the Canaries; 10. The ruined river-port and the tattered flag; 11. Sierra Leone: the change for the better.show more

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