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Travels in the Interior of Africa — Volume 01 by Mungo Park
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attacked him while passing through a narrow strait of the river at
Boussa, and killed him, with all that remained of his party, except
one slave. The record of this fatal voyage, partly gathered from
his journals, and closed by evidences of the manner of his death,
was first published in 1815, as "The Journal of a Mission to the
Interior of Africa in 1805, by Mungo Park, together with other
Documents, Official and Private, relating to the same Mission. To
which is prefixed an Account of the Life of Mr. Park."

H. M.


Soon after my return from the East Indies in 1793, having learned
that the noblemen and gentlemen associated for the purpose of
prosecuting discoveries in the interior of Africa were desirous of
engaging a person to explore that continent, by the way of the
Gambia river, I took occasion, through means of the President of the
Royal Society, to whom I had the honour to be known, of offering
myself for that service. I had been informed that a gentleman of
the name of Houghton, a captain in the army, and formerly fort-major
at Goree, had already sailed to the Gambia, under the direction of
the Association, and that there was reason to apprehend he had
fallen a sacrifice to the climate, or perished in some contest with
the natives. But this intelligence, instead of deterring me from my
purpose, animated me to persist in the offer of my services with the
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