When the explorer René Caillié returned to France from Africa in 1828, he published a sketch of the legendary city he had discovered - Timbuctoo. But neither that simple drawing nor his matter-of-fact description gave Caillié’s countrymen a sufficiently colorful picture to match their preconceptions of how Africa should look. They turned their backs on the young explorer, ignored his accomplishments, and let him die neglected.
Here are the epic adventures of the European explorers who opened Africa – from Mongo Park and Vasco da Gama to Francis Burton and David Livingstone and Henry Stanley.
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Easy reading. Exciting, while informative. A smooth narrative very well researched.
Light and fluffy
If this is meant to be a YA book, it is possibly adequate, but appalling in several instances. For example, native Africans are relentlessly called cannibals, and the author shows little insight into their lives. Details are very sketchy, and what should be fascinating episodes are reduced to little more than hurried paragraphs.
A sterling , well written, account of the exploration of the waters of the 'dark continent'. One gains a real appreciation for the intrepid courage of these first explorers as well as the time in which they accomplished their daring feats of courage.