Wanderings in West Africa

  • Title: Wanderings in West Africa
  • Author: Richard Francis Burton
  • ISBN: 9780486268903
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wanderings in West Africa Great Victorian scholar adventurer recounts long journey to British diplomatic post at Fernando Po expeditions to African mainland Invaluable descriptions of African tribal rituals concerning birth
    Great Victorian scholar adventurer recounts long journey to British diplomatic post at Fernando Po, expeditions to African mainland Invaluable descriptions of African tribal rituals concerning birth, marriage and death, and of tribal fetishism, ritual murder, cannibalism, exotic sexual practices, Preface 1 illustration 1 foldout map.

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    About Richard Francis Burton


    1. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian, and African languages.Burton s best known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang s abridgement , bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa s greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile Burton extensively criticized colonial policies to the detriment of his career in his works and letters He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated information.He was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India and later, briefly, in the Crimean War Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood KCMG in 1886.


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    1. This amounts to a travelogue of Burton's journey to the coast of West Africa, with stops at Madiera, Teneriff, and Sierra Leone along the way, before his final arrival at the Ivory Coast. Detailed, but rather dry descriptions of everything that interested him (and practically everything did).

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    2. Like another reviewer said, it's a somewhat dry account, with many over-detailed descriptions of buildings, Capes, forests etcbut still an easy enough read. The author was a bit bored in Tenerife because there wasn't much going on.Things have changed somewhat since then

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    3. 1.5 stars. Absolutely the most self-centered author I have ever come across. He likes nothing. Everything is sub-par. I couldn't read the whole book. It's too bad, because this could have been a great catalog of the way Africa was in the 1860's.

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    4. A contemporary of Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingston, Burton describes his trek from the island Madiera along the Gold and Ivory coasts to Fernando Po.

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