Hearts of darkness: the European exploration of Africa

This book tells the story of the explorers, both well-known and lesser known figures, that filled in the blank spaces on the Victorian school atlas of Africa. It describes the exploration of Africa’s four great rivers, the Niger, the Nile, the Zambezi and the Congo; the intricacies of porterage, trade goods and local currency; the relationship of the explorers with ivory hunting and the slave trade; the obstacles to European exploration in the shape of wild animals, hostile tribes and, above all, tropical diseases; and the explorers’ psychology, their reputation and the traces they left.

Title: Hearts of darkness: the European exploration of Africa
Author: McLynn, Frank
Year: 1992
Pages: 390
Language: English
City of publisher: London
Publisher: Hutchinson
ISBN: 0091770823
Geographic term: Africa
Abstract: This book tells the story of the explorers, both well-known and lesser known figures, that filled in the blank spaces on the Victorian school atlas of Africa. It describes the exploration of Africa’s four great rivers, the Niger, the Nile, the Zambezi and the Congo; the intricacies of porterage, trade goods and local currency; the relationship of the explorers with ivory hunting and the slave trade; the obstacles to European exploration in the shape of wild animals, hostile tribes and, above all, tropical diseases; and the explorers’ psychology, their reputation and the traces they left.