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Author Jeal, Tim

Title Explorers of the Nile : the triumph and tragedy of a great Victorian adventure / Tim Jeal

Publ Info New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011
 CCRI-Warwick  DT117 .J43 2011    AVAILABLE
 RIC  DT117 .J43 2011    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  DT117 .J43 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xvii, 510 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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Note Simultaneously published: London : Faber and Faber
Includes bibliographical references (p. 445-493) and index
"Nothing obsessed explorers of the mid-nineteenth century more than the quest to discover the source of the White Nile. It was the planet's most elusive secret, the prize coveted above all others. Between 1856 and 1876, six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman accepted the challenge. Showing extreme courage and resilience, Richard Burton, John Hanning Speke, James Augustus Grant, Samuel Baker, Florence von Sass, David Livingstone, and Henry Morton Stanley risked their lives and reputations in the fierce competition. Award-winning author Tim Jeal deploys fascinating new research to provide a vivid tableau of the unmapped 'Dark Continent,' its jungle deprivations, and the courage--as well as malicious tactics--of the explorers. On multiple forays launched into east and central Africa, the travelers passed through almost impenetrable terrain and suffered the ravages of flesh-eating ulcers, paralysis, malaria, deep spear wounds, and even death. They discovered Lakes Tanganyika and Victoria and became the first white people to encounter the kingdoms of Buganda and Bunyoro. Jeal weaves the story with authentic new detail and examines the tragic unintended legacy of the Nile search that still casts a long shadow over the people of Uganda and Sudan."--Publisher's website
LC subject Nile River -- Discovery and exploration
Explorers -- Africa, East
Explorers -- Africa, Central
Explorers -- Great Britain
British -- Africa, East -- History -- 19th century
British -- Africa, Central -- History -- 19th century
Africa, East -- History -- 19th century
Africa, Central -- History -- 19th century
ISBN 9780300149357