Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (2 Volume Set)

Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (2 Volume Set)

by Richard Francis Burton


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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'. Volume 1 recounts Burton's landing at the Gaboon River and travel to its source, and includes extensive ethnographical and geographical information. In Volume 2 he travels up the Congo River, and expresses ambivalence about the effects of European traders and missionaries in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108031363
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 572
Sales rank: 945,287
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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. Landing at the Tio Gabão (Gaboon River); 2. The departure; 3. Geography of the Gaboon; 4. The minor tribes and Mpongwe; 5. To Sánga-Tánga and back; 6. Village life in Pongo-land; 7. Return to the River; 8. Up the Gaboon River; 9. A specimen day with the Fán cannibals; 10. To the Mbíka (Hill); 11. Mr., Mrs, and Master Gorilla; 12. Corisco. Volume 2: 1. From Fernando Po to Loango Bay; 2. To Sao Paolo de Loanda; 3. The festival; 4. The cruise along shore; 5. Into the Congo River; 6. Up the Congo River; 7. Boma; 8. A visit to Banza Chisalla; 9. Up the Congo to Banza Nokki; 10. Notes on the Nzadi or Congo River; 11. Life at Banza Nokki; 12. Preparations for the march; 13. The march to Banza Nkulu; 14. The Yellala of the Congo; 15. Return to the Congo mouth; 16. The slaver and the missionary in the Congo River; 17. Concluding remarks; Appendix.

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