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Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton was a 19th-century English explorer, scholar, and orientalist .

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  • Churches and Convents of Goa Where he was invalided in 1851. His visit is recorded in "Goa and the Blue Mountains or 6 months of sick leave"
  • Damascus
  • Harar
  • Historic Cairo At the Al Hazar Mosque in old Cairo when he was putting the finishing touches to his Islamic knowledge and Arabic language in preparation for his trip to Mecca
  • Makli, Thatta He was appointed to the Sindh Survey during 1843-6. His visit is described in ""Unhappy Valley" and "Sind and the races which inhabit the valley of the Indus"
  • Royal Palaces of Abomey
  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara Visited by Burton and Speke who were returning to the coast after Speke had gone off and discovered the source of the Nile! "..rather than return directly to Zanzibar, Burton sent a note to the British consul asking for a coasting vessel and provisions so that a brief exploration could be made of the hitherto unexplored Rufiji river, some 150 kilometres to the south. The boat arrived on 9.2.1859, and the following day Burton and Speke sailed for Kilwa Kisiwani....., but found the Rufiji swollen and flooded by torrential rain. Even worse, Kilwa was in grip of a cholera epidemic which had already wiped out half the population. After inspecting nearby Portuguese and Arab ruins, Burton and Speke beat a hasty retreat to Zanzibar,"
  • Stone Town of Zanzibar
  • Teide National Park ..for 19th century travellers, reaching the summit of a mountain became both the culmination of a dream come true and a fashion for the "fin de siecle" tourist. Two of the best known adventurers of all time that reached the summit were: Burton, Richard Francis (1863), English traveller and explorer of Arabia and Africa (nom file)

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