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Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa, in the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824

Major Dixon Denham (1786-1828) and Lieutenant Hugh Clapperton (1788-1827) were British explorers famous for their explorations in Africa. Between 1822 and 1825, they set out to investigate the lower course of the River Niger and the swamps and forests of the Guinea Coast, accompanied by the physician Dr Walter Oudney (1790-1824), who sadly died of a fever during the expedition. This important book, first published in 1826, brings together the memoirs of all three explorers to document their mission, which represented the first complete crossing of the Sahara by Europeans in recorded history. Diverse and insightful, it recounts phenomena such as the transportation of slaves from the Sudan, the salt industry in the heart of the desert, and encounters with native tribes. Providing unique insights into pre-colonial Africa, these vivid recollections remain of great interest to historians of Africa, cultural anthropologists and geographers alike.
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Preface; Introductory chapter - from Tripoli to Mourzuk; Excursion to the westward of Mourzuk; Major Denham's Narrative: 1. From Mourzuk to Kouka in Bornou; 2. Kouka; 3. Expedition to Mandara; 4. Excursion to Munga and the Gambarou; 5. Rainy season at Kouka; 6. Excursion to Loggun, and death of Mr. Toole; 7. Journey to the eastern shores of the Lake Tchad; Supplemental chapter on Bornou; Captain Clapperton's Narrative: 1. From Kouka to Murmur, where Dr. Oudney died; 2. From Murmur to Kano; 3. From Kano to Sackatoo, and residence there; Appendix: 1. Translation of a letter from the Sheikh Mohammed El Kanemy; 2. Translation of a letter from an African chieftain; 3. A letter from Yousuf, Pasha of Tripoli, to the Sheikh of Bornou; 4. A letter from the Pasha of Tripoli; 5. A letter from the Sheikh of Bornou to the Sultan of Kanou; 6. A letter from the Sheikh of Bornou to the Sultan of Hoosa; 7. A letter from the Chieftain Mohammed Gamsoo; 8. A document relating to the death of Mungo Park; 9. A letter from the Sheikh of Bornou to Captain Clapperton; 10. A document made at the Court of Justice of Bornou; 11. Translation of letters and documents received from the Sheikh of Bornou concerning Mr. Tyrwhit's death; 12. Translation of an Arabic MS.; 13. A narrative of the first Battle of Kadawee; 14. The song of Mohammed-Alameen ben Mohammed El Kanemy; 15. Translation of an extempore Arab song; 16. Translation of the Song of the Fezzanneers, on Boo Khaloom's death; 17. Bornou vocabulary; 18. Begharmi vocabulary; 19. Mandara vocabulary; 20. Timbuctoo vocabulary; 21. Zoology; 22. Botany; 23. Letter to Major Denham on the rock specimens; 24. Thermometrical journals.

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