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Famous Explorers of Africa Mungo Park Mungo Park was a Scottish explorer who led one of the first expeditions to investigate the course of the Niger river in Western Africa Mungo Park was a 23 year-old scottish surgeon surgeon who had just returned from a journey to Sumatra on a ship of the East India Company There he had discovered 6 species of fish he had published descriptions in a Scientific Journal In 1795 Park had gone to Piscina on an offer to research further into Africa Park had accepted and a severe fever overcame him during his journey Park also had been captured by certain muslim leaders After he had got out of the Prison he had wandered around and had finally found the Niger River Park was amazed at how beautiful the River was Park had stated I saw with infinite pleasure the object of my mission Park had returned home to London where became famous on his publications of his voyage across Africa Later in 1806 he sailed downstream to the Bussa rapids where he drowned trying to escape an attack by the Africans Rene Callie Rene Callie was a 27 year old man who was fascinated by the stories told about peoples travels to Africa His readings of Mungo park also stimulated his fascination Callie had entered a contest for the first person to reach Timbuktu and reach back He had reached Timbuktu During Callies trip he did not find it easy to prove to the French Authorities that a young man with no experience could discover Timbuktu On his way back Callie had joined a Arab Caravan preparing to cross from Western Sahara to Morocco Callie had stated I am the first European to cross from the sandy ocean from the south to the north On his return to Paris Callie was known as a hero Later questions were asked if he was telling the truth or
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