But I can't really talk about this transformation in a linear fashion.
Educated as a surgeon at the University of EdinburghPark was appointed a medical officer in on a vessel engaged in the East Indies trade.
His subsequent studies of the plant and animal life of Sumatra won for him the backing of the African Association to explore the true course of the Niger River. Beginning his exploration at the mouth of the Gambia River on June 21,Park ascended that river for miles to Pisania now Karantaba, The Gambiaa British trading station.
He was imprisoned by an Arab chief for four months but escaped on July 1,to continue his journey with little more than a horse and a compass. Finally forced to turn back for lack of supplies, Park, traveling on foot, took a more southerly route on his return. After traversing mountainous country, he arrived at Kamalia in Mandingo country, where he lay dangerously ill with fever for seven months.
With the assistance of a slave trader, he reached Pisania on June 10, He returned to Britain to write an account of his adventures, Travels in the Interior Districts of Africawhich became a popular success and made him famous.
Two years later Park married and practiced medicine in Peebles in Scotland until asked by the government to head a second expedition to the Niger.
Commissioned a captain, he led a party of 40 Europeans to Pisania and, on Aug. Reports that the expedition had met with disaster soon reached the settlements on the Gambia.
In it was learned that when the explorers reached the rapids at Bussa, about 1, miles below Sansanding, they were attacked by local inhabitants, and Park was drowned.
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Such presumptions have made Central Africa the explorer's and travel writer's situates its solution in a The pioneer of such explorations was the Scotsman Mungo Park, who in went up the European Exploration of Africa - ThoughtCo Famous Scottish Explorers - Travel Scotland.
In , a young Scottish man called Mungo Park (–) went to find the River Niger in West Africa. Park was put forward for the job by a famous naturalist (person who studies nature) called Joseph Banks. It was a dangerous job.
The last person to try to find the Niger had been murdered near the remote city of Timbuktu. When Park arrived in Africa he traveled into a desert and was arrested by a . His most famous exploit is probably his dressing as an Arab and visiting the holy city of Mecca (in ) which non-Muslims are forbidden to enter.
In he and Speke set off from the east coast of Africa (Tanzania) to find the source of the Nile. At Lake Tanganyika Burton fell .
Mungo Park was a Scottish explorer who led one of the first expeditions to investigate the course of the Niger river in Western Africa. Mungo Park was a 23 year-old scottish surgeon surgeon who had just returned from a journey to Sumatra on a ship of the East India Company.