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Life and Travels of Mungo Park in Central Africa

Mungo Park

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. . .m demonstrated great joy at seeing their old acquaintance the blacksmith, by the most extravagant jumping and singing. On entering the town, the singing man began an ex-tempore song in praise of the blacksmith, extolling his courage in having overcome so many difficulties; and concluding with a strict injunction to his friends to dress him plenty of victuals.

When we arrived at the blacksmith's place of residence we dismounted and fired our muskets. The meeting between him and his relations was very tender; for these rude children of nature, free from restraint, display their emotions in the strongest and most expressive manner. Amidst these transports, the blacksmith's aged mother was led forth, leaning upon a staff. Every one made way for her; and she stretched out her hand to bid her son welcome. Being totally blind, she stroked his hands, arms, and face, with great care, and seemed highly delighted that her latter days were blessed by his return, and that her e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A riveting tale

I have the greatest admiration for Mungo Park. His first journey is one of fortitude , deprivation , resolute and indefatigable courage. His second journey was rash , foolish and ill prepared. The rest of the book is mainly concerning those that followed him in the decades after hi...more

This is mostly overlapping with Travels in the Interior of Africa (Mungo Park’s own account of his first expedition to Africa from 1795-1797) but in addition there is an introduction on Park's early life and travel to Sumatra, his return to England after his first Africa expedition, his friendshi...more