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Explorers of the Nile - The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure

Tim Jeal

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.

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.
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History

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Clive Chafer

Length:

15h


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

22:14


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

49:27


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

20:10


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

22:12


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:25


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

01:02:27


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

36:57


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

21:05


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

50:01


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

22:43


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

21:35


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

25:23


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

24:15


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

19:16


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

22:53


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

12:11


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

55:47


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

09:34


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

25:11


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

25:33


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

18:11


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

10:11


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

19:31


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

32:25


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

32:30


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

09:19


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

17:01


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

13:26


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

11:48


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

10:52


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

18:26


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

20:46


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

22:48


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

35:10


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

36:12


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

00:24