Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger, by R. and J. Lander [Ed. by A.B. Becher]

Journal of an Expedition to Explore the Course and Termination of the Niger, by R. and J. Lander [Ed. by A.B. Becher]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... of us, whose sides wre thickly wooded, and their summits reaching above the clouds. At 9 A.m. we passed through a neat and cleanly village, named Chakka, which has lately lost its chief; and an hour afterwards crossed a small river called Akeeny, which is full of sharp and rugged granite rocks, and is said to fall into the Lagos. We were carried over on men's shoulders without much difficulty, but the horses were a long time in getting across. From hence, the path winded up a high and steep hill, which we ascended, and entered the town of Afoora about mid-day. The governor gave us a hearty welcome, and said it made him extremely happy to see us, which the joy and animation of his countenance also expressed. The best hut in the town, which is the most airy and commodious of any we had seen, was presently got ready for us, and shortly after we had taken possession of it we received a quantity of excellent provisions from the chief. This is the first day of his government. His father, the late chief, has been dead some time, but from motives of delicacy he refused to take upon himself his authority till this morning. In honour of the event a large company of women have, been dancing, rejoicing, and making merry all the evening outside our hut. It is somewhat strange that the chief or governor of almost every town through which we have passed since leaving Badagry, who was alive and well on rny return to the coast three years ago, has been either slain in war, or has died from natural causes. Scarcely one of them is now alive. i Monday, April 19th.--An easy, pleasant ride of three hours brought us to the first walled town we have seen, which is called Assinara. The wall is of clay, and so diminutive, that a person might easily jump over it; a dry...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667662
  • 9781236667663