Hanno the Navigator

Between 400-600 BCE, Hanno the Navigator of Carthage, conducted an epic voyage down the west coast of Africa – sailing more than 4,000 miles – reaching all the way to modern-day Gabon. It is one of the earliest recorded voyages of discovery.

Resources

There are not a lot of resources for Hanno the Navigator. Below are some links to some analysis of the Periplus of Hanno – the key source document we have about the voyage.

Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger River – Part 2

mungo-park-bookAfrica is not done with Mungo Park. In Par 2 of our series on Mungo park, he returns to West Africa in 1805 with a large force – nearly 40 soldiers – determined to map the Niger to its outlet – as well as find the legendary city of Timbuktu.

Sources

There is no better source than Mungo Park himself for this podcast. His book, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa is a classic. It holds up well today – and best of all – it’s free. In addition to Park’s book, many of the free versions include his journal from his second expedition – as well as notes explaining Park’s ultimate fate.

As usual, Wikipedia has a good page on Mungo Park.

mungo-park-map

The map (from Wikipedia) above shows Park’s travels, including his second one (in red), the subject of this podcast.