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Back home he was believed to be dead, so his return took everyone by surprise. His discoveries of the Niger River sparked the public interest and enthusiasm. In it, he claimed that:. London: W.

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Bulmer and Company. They were all very inquisitive, but they viewed me at first with looks of horror, and repeatedly asked if my countrymen were cannibals. They were very desirous to know what became of the slaves after they had crossed the salt water.

As the expedition was delayed, Park got into an intensive study of Arabic. During this time, he came up with a theory that the Niger and the Congo were one. Park sailed off for Gambia on the 31st January By the time the expedition reached the Niger in the middle of August, only eleven Europeans were left alive due to dysentery or fever. He reached unknown parts of the river where with the help of the only soldier capable of work, Park constructed a tolerably good boat out of two canoes.

Mungo Park commemorative medal. Before his departure, he gave a box of letters to Isaaco, a Mandingo guide to take them to Gambia from where they could be shipped to Britain. Before beginning the final stage of his exploration, Park wrote to the head of the Colonial Office:. Though all the Europeans who are with me should die, and though I were myself half dead, I would still persevere, and if I could not succeed in the object of my journey, I would at least die on the Niger.

This and a letter to his wife were the last communications received from Mungo Park. Apparently, he was chased in the river and had to repulse the hostile party with firearms.

Similar incidents occurred at both Cabbara and Toomboucouton. Despite his fate, Park died in the river that he was so passionately exploring.

In a very real sense, he gave his life to the river. The curious life and adventures of Mungo Park in the Niger River.

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