Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an explorer who began his career in the Bombay army in 1842. While in India he developed his linguistic talent, mastering more than forty different languages and dialects. He turned to writing books in the 1850s and over the remaining forty years of his life published dozens of works and more than 100 articles. In this two-volume work, published in 1860, Burton discusses geographical and ethnological matters, while also giving space to the 'picturesque points of view which the subject offers' in recounting his journey to Zanzibar and around the lakes in present-day Tanzania. In Volume 1 Burton begins his expedition on the island of Zanzibar before moving inland to Unyamwezi. Volume 2 is dedicated to his exploration of Lake Tanganyika and the way of life of the inhabitants of its shores.
About the Author
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface; 1. We quit Zanzibar Island in dignified style; 2. Zanzibar and the Mrima explained; 3. Transit of the valley of the Kingani and the Mgeta Rivers; 4. On the geography and ethnology of the First Region; 5. Halt at Zungomero, and formation of the caravan; 6. We cross the East African Ghauts; 7. The geography and ethnology of the Second Region; 8. We succeed in traversing Ugogo; 9. The geography and ethnography of Ugogo - the Third Region; 10. We enter Unyamwezi, the far-famed Land of the Moon; 11. We conclude the transit of Unyamwezi. Volume 2: 12. The geography and ethnology of Unyamwezi. The Fourth Region; 13. At length we sight the Lake Tanganyika, the 'Sea of Ujiji'; 14. We explore the Tanganyika Lake; 15. The Tanganyika Lake and its Periplus; 16. We return to Unyanyembe; 17. The Down-march to the coast; 18. Village life in East Africa; 19. The character and religion of the East Africans; their government, and slavery; Conclusion; Appendices; Index.