Tag Archives: Mungo Park

The Adventures of Mary Gaunt, Alone in West Africa in 1910

Not an explorer – too late for that – but certainly one of the most interesting travelers in Africa during the colonial period, whose insights bring to life colonial times along the west African coast. This is the first of … Continue reading

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More Adventures of Mungo Park, Who Describes Hunger Crops in the Western Sahel, 1797

Mungo Park routinely describes foods and crops – as well as cooking and serving methods – throughout his extensive travels in west Africa.  His are amongst the most detailed sources on these topics for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

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Mungo Park Discovers a Toll Bridge made of Bamboo in the Western Sahel, 1797

During the several years of travel in the western Sahel of Africa, Mungo Park kept detailed records of the geography as well as of the people and flora and fauna of the areas through which he traveled. In this brief … Continue reading

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Colonial Encounters with West African Rice

 [First posted Sept. 2010, Updated 29 October 2011]  See also: AfricaRice’s African rice collection – (Oryza glaberrima) and Luigi just sent this 2007 link on the topic of Carolina Gold. from his blog. In 1805 the Scottish explorer Mungo Park … Continue reading

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Mungo Park discovers Mumbo Jumbo in 18th Century West Africa

Recorded by Mungo Park while in Mandingo country (Sengambia region) c. 1798: On the 7th I departed from Konjour, and slept at a village called Malla (or Mallaing), and on the 8th about noon I arrived at Kolor, a considerable town, … Continue reading

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Discovering the Rusizi River – Did It flow IN or OUT?!, Pt. I

East African explorations in the mid 19th Century were overwhelming directed to discovering the source of the Nile in central Africa.  Along side this goal, laying out ways and means whereby the English could establish a strong foothold in East and central Africa … Continue reading

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Couscous and other Cuisines in the Sahel in 1798 – Mungo Park’s Experience

The Scottish explorer Mungo Park was 24 when he first travelled to West Africa to seek the source and the debouchment of the Niger River for the Africa Association of London.  The Association was also desirous of learning more about the … Continue reading

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