A Historical and Philosophical Sketch of the Discoveries and Settlements of the Europeans in Northern and Western Africa, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century

A Historical and Philosophical Sketch of the Discoveries and Settlements of the Europeans in Northern and Western Africa, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century

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Although he had never set foot in Africa, Scottish poet and linguist John Leyden (1775-1811) decided to publish in 1799 this compilation on 'discoveries and settlements' there, drawing from the published works of explorers. His aim was 'to exhibit the progress of discoveries at this period in North and West Africa', giving descriptions of places such as Guinea, the Gold Coast, and Sierra Leone, as well as accounts of their people. He begins the work by discussing a meeting of the African Association on 9 June 1788, where a map depicted the interior of the continent as 'an extended blank'. Leyden attempts to provide information on those unknown areas by using the travel accounts of writers - including the Scots explorer Mungo Park - who had ventured into the African interior, to put together a narrative which makes this work a valuable collection of eighteenth-century accounts by European explorers in Africa.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139058754
  • 9781139058759

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Institution of the African Association; 2. Account of Mr Ledyard, previous to his engagement with the Association; 3. Account of Mr Lucas; 4. Character of the Moors of Barbary, as affected by their particular species of government; [No 5]; 6. Of Sahara, or the Great Desert; 7. Adventurers of Brisson; 8. Outline of North Guinea, or Nigritia; 9. The Swedish design of an agricultural colony; 10. Settlement at Sierra Leone, by the Committee for the relief of the Black Poor; 11. Account of the Biafaras; 12. Journey of Mr Park; 13. Account of the interior of Africa; 14. Journey of Mr Browne.show more