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Discovery of the Nile (Hardback)

G Guadalupi

ISBN 10: 9774244206 / ISBN 13: 9789774244209
Edité par Columbia University Press, United States
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Titre : Discovery of the Nile (Hardback)

Éditeur : Columbia University Press, United States

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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For millennia, the Nile was the world's most intriguing geographic enigma. Where on earth might the source of such a powerful river lie? Roman legionnaires, Portuguese Jesuits, Scots, and Frenchmen all tried in vain to reveal the great river's secret; all were defeated by impassable swamps or diverted along deadend branches. It was not until the mid-19th century -- almost 400 years after the discovery of America -- that the mystery was resolved, thanks to the efforts of the British explorers Sir Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, and Samuel White Baker. "The Discovery of the Nile" tells their stories and those of all the other adventurers who tackled the secret of the source. It also recounts the gradual exploration of the course of the river and its tributaries, from the ancient Egyptians to the Napoleonic conquest, from the British expedition to Abyssinia to the Egyptian invasion of Sudan, from the slave and ivory trades to the epic death of General Charles George Gordon at Khartoum, from the stories of the stranded white men 'rescued' by Henry Morton Stanley after a march of thousands of miles across the Congo, to the re-conquest of the Sudan by the British.

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Explorers have sought the sources of the Nile River since the days of the pharaohs. This superbly illustrated, oversized book details the quests of those ancients, but concentrates more on the 19th-century efforts of men who were well known in their day: Sir Richard Francis Burton, Sir Benjamin Baker, John Hanning Speke, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone. Gianni Guadalupi also covers lesser-known explorers, especially generally uncelebrated Africans in the employ of Mehemet Ali, the Albanian pasha who conquered Egypt and much of the Sudan in the early 19th century. Packed with ethnographic drawings, paintings, maps, and charts, The Discovery of the Nile will fuel the dreams of those who long to undertake a latter-day Nile voyage of their own.

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