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Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Sir Richard Francis Burton


Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Burton (1821-90) is well known for his colourful career, recorded in numerous books and articles, as a diplomat, explorer and ethnographer. In 1861 he was appointed consul to Fernando Po (now Bioko) in Equatorial Guinea, remaining there for four years until he was transferred to Brazil. These volumes collate the expeditions and ethnographic observations made during his time there. In his preface, Burton writes that the 'plain truth' about the African has not been told in Britain, declaring that English occupation of West Africa has proved 'a remarkable failure'. First published in 1876, Volume 1 records Burton's landing at the Gaboon River and includes geographical details, information about local tribes, and reports of journeys to Sanga Tanga and up the Gaboon River to its source. Burton also writes about a 'specimen day' with the reputed Fan cannibals and includes a chapter on gorillas.

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Publication date

2nd June 2011


Sir Richard Francis Burton

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Cambridge University Press


288 pages


Classic travel writing
African history



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