Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 1

mungo-parkIn 1795, Mungo Park, a young Scottish doctor, set out for West Africa under the sponsorship of the African Association.

Park’s goals were to find the elusive Niger River – which no European had ever set their eyes on – as well as locate the legendary city of Timbuktu.

It would be an epic journey filled with hardship, lose and triumph.

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Mungo Park’s journeys (in green).

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.