Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa Being a Journal of an Expedition Undertaken under the Auspices of H.B.M.'s Government, in the Years 1849-1855

by Heinrich Barth

Part of the Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa 5 Volume Set Series

Travels and Discoveries in North and Central Africa Being a Journal of an Expedition Undertaken under the Auspices of H.B.M.'s Government, in the Years 1849-1855 Synopsis

Born in Hamburg, Henry (Heinrich) Barth (1821-1865) studied history, archaeology, geography and Arabic. He joined James Richardson's 1849 expedition to Africa, which aimed to open the interior to trade and to study slavery. Following the deaths of Richardson (1851) and his colleague Overweg (1852), Barth led the expedition alone. His travels extended to Lake Chad in the east, Cameroon in the south and Timbuktu in the west. He was the first European to use the oral traditions of the local tribes for historical research, learning several African languages, and studying the history, resources and civilisations of the people he encountered. Barth's five-volume account includes plates, engravings and detailed annotated maps. Published in both English and German in 1857-1858, it is still regarded as a major source on African culture. Volume 3 describes the peoples and terrain around Lake Chad, and experiences including the party's arrest and Overweg's death.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108029452
Publication date: 23rd June 2011
Author: Heinrich Barth
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 706 pages
Categories: African history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

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