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The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile   By: (1821-1893)

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The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile is a riveting travel memoir written by Samuel White Baker. In this enthralling account, Baker takes readers on an extraordinary journey through uncharted territories, unveiling the mysteries of the Nile's greatest source, the Albert N'Yanza.

From the very beginning, Baker’s vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of the African landscapes and the hardships he and his team face during their exploration. His meticulous attention to detail leaves readers in awe of the treacherous obstacles they encounter, from dangerous wildlife to treacherous weather conditions.

The author's passion for adventure and thirst for knowledge is palpable throughout the book. Baker's relentless determination to reach the Albert N'Yanza is inspiring, as he overcomes numerous setbacks and hardships. His tenacity serves as a beacon of hope, showing that with dedication and perseverance, even the most challenging of expeditions can be conquered.

One aspect that sets this memoir apart is the author's keen interest in the local cultures and communities he encounters during his journey. Baker's respectful and insightful portrayals of the people he meets along the way demonstrate his genuine curiosity and respect for their way of life. He blends well-documented historical events and geographical explanations seamlessly into the narrative, creating a comprehensive and engaging account.

Moreover, Baker doesn't shy away from addressing the pressing social issues of the time, such as slavery. His descriptions of the slave trade and his efforts to combat it serve as an important reminder of the need for empathy and the fight against injustice.

The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile is a true testament to the spirit of exploration and the thirst for knowledge. Samuel White Baker's writing style, combined with his fearless adventure, takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Africa. This book not only enlightens readers about the geographic wonders of the continent but also sheds light on the socio-political context of the time.

Whether you are a history lover, an adventure seeker, or simply someone looking for a captivating story, The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile is a must-read. Embark on this remarkable expedition with Samuel White Baker and prepare to be transported to the realms of Africa's untamed beauty and uncharted mysteries.

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The Albert N'Yanza, Great Basin of the Nile And Explorations of the Nile Sources.

by Sir Samuel W. Baker, M.A., F.R.G.S.

Gold Medallist of the Royal Geographical Society.

To Her Most Gracious Majesty THE QUEEN I dedicate, with Her permission, THIS BOOK, Containing the Story of the Discovery of the Great Lake From which the NILE ultimately flows, And which, As connected so intimately, As a NILE SOURCE, with the VICTORIA LAKE, I have ventured to name "THE ALBERT N'YANZA," In Memory of the Late Illustrious and Lamented PRINCE CONSORT.


In the history of the Nile there was a void: its Sources were a mystery. The Ancients devoted much attention to this problem; but in vain. The Emperor Nero sent an expedition under the command of two centurions, as described by Seneca. Even Roman energy failed to break the spell that guarded these secret fountains. The expedition sent by Mehemet Ali Pasha, the celebrated Viceroy of Egypt, closed a long term of unsuccessful search.

The work has now been accomplished. Three English parties, and only three, have at various periods started upon this obscure mission: each has gained its end.

Bruce won the source of the Blue Nile; Speke and Grant won the Victoria source of the great White Nile; and I have been permitted to succeed in completing the Nile Sources by the discovery of the great reservoir of the equatorial waters, the ALBERT N'YANZA, from which the river issues as the entire White Nile... Continue reading book >>

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