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The Gates of Africa by Anthony Sattin
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Dec 24, 07

bookshelves: history
Recommended for: Anyone interested in British or West African history
Read in December, 2007

Really easy-to-read and fascinating account of the British 'African Association', a precursor to the Royal Geographic Society, and its search for the legendary Niger River and Timbuktu. Lots of interesting background on Western and Northern Africa, England, and the 'science' of geography. Extremely well-written -- the pages flew by just like a mystery or adventure novel!
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