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A history of the African Association of the late 1700s discusses their achievements as the world's first geographical society, documenting their remarkable adventures throughout the African interior, which were marked by the association's efforts to advance science, abolish slavery, and find the legendary Timbuktu. 15,000 first printing.
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‘Enthralling. One of the most fascinating accounts of exploration that I’ve read in a long time.’ Jim Blackburn, Wanderlust
‘In “The Gates of Africa”, Anthony Sattin has excelled himself’.’ Conde Nast Traveller
‘Absorbing, highly readable and in places ironically humorous, a well-rounded and definitive study.’ Martin Booth, Sunday Times
‘An extraordinary panorama of adventure, scholarship, intellectual enterprise and ideological conviction, enlivened by frequent splashes of eccentricity and beautifully written throughout.’ Jan MorrisAbout the Author:
Anthony Sattin is a journalist, broadcaster, and the author of several books, including Shooting the Breeze, Lifting the Veil, Florence Nightingale's Letters from Egypt, and the highly acclaimed The Pharaoh's Shadow. Over the past two decades, he has traveled extensively over the territory in which the African Association operated. An expert on the literature of travel, he has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, and Condé Nast Traveller. He lives in Great Britain.
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