By Frank T. Kryza
In the 1st many years of the 19th century, no position burned extra brightly within the mind's eye of eu geographers––and fortune hunters––than the misplaced urban of Timbuktu. Africa's mythical urban of Gold, no longer visited by means of Europeans because the heart a long time, held the promise of wealth and reputation for the 1st explorer to make it there. In 1824, the French Geographical Society provided a money prize to the 1st day trip from any country to go to Timbuktu and go back to inform the tale.
one of many contenders was once significant Alexander Gordon Laing, a thirty–year–old military officer. good-looking and assured, Laing used to be confident that Timbuktu used to be his future, and his price tag to glory. In July 1825, after a whirlwind romance with Emma Warrington, daughter of the British consul at Tripoli, Laing left the Mediterranean coast to move the Sahara. His 2,000–mile trip took on an extra urgency whilst Hugh Clapperton, a more matured explorer, got down to beat him. Apprised of every other's venture by way of overseers in London who was hoping the 2 might cooperate, Clapperton as an alternative grew to become Laing's rival, spurring him on throughout a adverse wasteland.
An emotionally charged, action–packed, completely gripping learn, The Race for Timbuktu bargains an in depth, own examine the intense humans and pivotal occasions of nineteenth–century African exploration that modified the process heritage and the form of the fashionable world.
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