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A sailor in the Sahara : the life and travels in Africa of Hugh Clapperton, Commander RN

Author: Jamie Bruce-Lockhart
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hugh Clapperton was one of the greatest 19th-century explorers of Africa. Seemingly forgotten for years, he is now brought to life in Jamie Bruce Lockhart's biography." "Clapperton was born in Annan in the Scottish borders in 1788 into a family typical of the Scottish Enlightenment and Borders region - gentry with strong traditions of serving in the armed forces, the medical profession and the Church. He was well  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Travel literature
Biographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bruce-Lockhart, Jamie.
Sailor in the Sahara.
London : I.B. Tauris, 2008
(OCoLC)608159009
Named Person: Hugh Clapperton; Hugh Clapperton; Hugh Clapperton; Hugh Clapperton; Hugh Clapperton; Hugh Clapperton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Bruce-Lockhart
ISBN: 9781845114794 1845114795
OCLC Number: 155687301
Description: xv, 297 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Annandale 1788-1805 --
The Mediterranean 1806-1809 --
The East Indies 1810-1813 --
Canada 1814-1817 --
Scotland 1817-1821 --
London 1821 --
Tripoli 1821-1822 --
Fezzan 1822 --
The Sahara 1822-1823 --
Borno 1823 --
Hausaland 1824 --
Sokoto 1824 --
Return to England 1824-1825 --
London 1825 --
The Guinea Coast 1825 --
Journey inland 1825-1826 --
The River Niger 1826 --
Return to Hausaland 1826 --
Sokoto 1826-1827 --
Acclaim 1827-1829 --
Envoi
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A biography of Hugh Clapperton, one of Africa's greatest 19th-century explorers. It retraces Clapperton's footsteps and takes the reader through forest, desert and extremes of climate. It looks at  Read more...

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