Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers

Undertaken by Macgregor Laird, Esq. in Connection with the British Government, in 1854

by Samuel Crowther;


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Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers

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Captured by slavers as a boy, freed by the Royal Navy, and raised at a mission, Samuel Crowther in 1864 became the first African to be ordained as an Anglican bishop. As a priest, he accompanied the Scottish merchant MacGregor Laird on his expedition to West Africa in 1854, and celebrated Sunday services in a variety of bizarre locations and perilous conditions. This 1855 book is Crowther's detailed record of his journey aboard the steamboat Pleiad. Written from the unusual perspective of an African-born, London-educated clergyman, it is a congenial and evocative account of the day-to-day difficulties confronting the explorers, their interactions with native peoples, and encounters with slavery and civil war. Crowther, a keen linguist, went on to publish several books on African languages including Nupe, Igbo and Yoruba. This book includes a substantial appendix comparing the grammar and vocabularies of the languages he encountered.

Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers by Samuel Crowther was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in August 2010. The ISBN for Journal of an Expedition Up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers is 9780511697845.

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Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (August 2010)
ISBN9780511697845
ISBN-100511697848
Product Code4491905
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