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The Gates of Africa By Anthony Sattin

The Gates of Africa by Anthony Sattin

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Founded in 1788 by a group of London-based gentlemen and made famous by the amazing exploits of its adventurers, the story of the world's first geographical society, The African Association, is one of passion, ambition, courage and sheer sense of adventure.

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The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu by Anthony Sattin

This is the history of the African Association, the world's first geographical society - dedicated to the exploration of the interior of a continent known only through legend and vague report. Africa was once seen as an El Dorado - a gold-encrusted continent of hope and prosperity, where the ancient civilizations of the Phoenicians and the Egyptians might have survived intact. The African Association set itself the task of revealing the mysteries of the interior of Africa. Founded in 1788 by a group of London-based gentlemen, made famous by the amazing exploits of its adventurers, for 43 years it was engaged in a quest for geographical knowledge, personal glory, immense wealth and the fulfilment of national ambitions. There are two strands to the narrative. First there are the people who planned and paid for expeditions, the geographers, scholars, politicians, humantarian activists and sharp-eyed traders, the richest commoner in England and two former prime ministers among them. Theirs is a lively tale of tavern meetings, court lobbying and salon intrigue during one of the most dramatic periods of world history.Then there are the adventurers, a mixed group of ex-cons and social outcasts - British, French, Germans and Americans among them - who went to the magical continent in search of glory and the unknown. They included Mungo Park, whose account of his travels was a bestseller for more than a century, and Jean Louis Burckhardt, discoverer of Petra and Abu Simbel. Each of their journeys was extraordinary, packed with drama and excitement, made notable by geographical discoveries and, with very few exceptions, ending in death. This is an account of a unique period, characterized by the passion, ambition, courage and sheer sense of adventure of its participants.

The Gates of Africa Reviews

Praise for The Pharaoh's Shadow: 'A marvellous book, and one that any living travel writer would have been proud to write... one of the most fascinating and remarkable travel writing debuts for many years.' William Dalrymple, The Spectator 'Like a cross between Indiana Jones and a John Buchan hero, the reckless Arabic-speaking Sattin dives on to buses he shouldn't, squeezes through security checkpoints and charms or bluffs his way past police and army units. The result is a triumph... If you read only one travel book this year, make it this one.' Robert Carver, Daily Mail

About Anthony Sattin

Anthony Sattin is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed The Pharaoh's Shadow. He reviews regularly for the Sunday Times and also writes stories for the travel section of that newspaper. He contributes to a number of other newspapers and magazines including the Telegraph, the Guardian, Conde Nast Traveller and Marie Claire.

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The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu by Anthony Sattin
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