The Lake Regions of Central Africa: Volume 1

The Lake Regions of Central Africa: Volume 1 : A Picture of Exploration

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Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-90) was an explorer who began his career in the Bombay army in 1842. While in India he developed his linguistic talent, mastering more than forty different languages and dialects. He turned to writing books in the 1850s and over the remaining forty years of his life published dozens of works and more than 100 articles. In this two-volume work, published in 1860, Burton discusses geographical and ethnological matters, while also giving space to the 'picturesque points of view which the subject offers' in recounting his journey to Zanzibar and around the lakes in present-day Tanzania. In Volume 1 Burton begins his expedition on the island of Zanzibar before moving inland to explore the Kingani and Mgeta Rivers. He crosses the Usagara mountains and ends the volume in Unyamwezi, 'the far-famed land over the moon'.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 b/w illus. 6 colour illus.
  • 1139034685
  • 9781139034685

Table of contents

Preface; 1. We quit Zanzibar Island in dignified style; 2. Zanzibar and the Mrima explained; 3. Transit of the valley of the Kingani and the Mgeta Rivers; 4. On the geography and ethnology of the First Region; 5. Halt at Zungomero, and formation of the caravan; 6. We cross the East African Ghauts; 7. The geography and ethnology of the Second Region; 8. We succeed in traversing Ugogo; 9. The geography and ethnography of Ugogo - the Third Region; 10. We enter Unyamwezi, the far-famed Land of the Moon; 11. We conclude the transit of more