Category Archives: Geographical heroes

Geographical Heroes: Do you have any?

So, with a little more time to spare to my own geographical interests I am going to be reviving the Geographical Heroes series which I started on this blog some time ago. This began as an inspiration from a history … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Henry Morton Stanley

Henry Morton Stanley was often written about for his mission to find David Livingstone in Africa, however, Stanley himself led several subsequent expeditions which earned him a knighthood and made substantial contributions to the charting and subsequent colonization of the … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Challenge: Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém

While in Lisbon (Portugal) recently, I got to tick off another Unesco world heritage site. Physically this is two sites, but they are in short walking distance of each other but they classed as one. First the Monastery of the … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: John Hemming

I was made aware of the activities of John Hemming when he came to give a lecture at the University of Manchester entitled: Conversations in/with Latin American and Caribbean Studies which covered the history of Amazon exploration and current deforestation. … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: David Livingstone

David Livingstone is considered one of the greatest explorers of the African continent.  At a young age David Livingstone was inspired to become a medical missionary upon reading pamphlets printed by British and American churches asking for Christians to come … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Burton studied at Oxford University where his passionate temperament earned him the name ‘Ruffian Dick’. He followed his fathers footsteps and joined the army,spending eight years in India. During this time he mastered Arabic, Hindi, ad six regional … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: John Hanning Speke

John Hanning Speke, a British explorer, and the first European to reach Lake Victoria in East Africa, and which he also correctly identified as the source of the Nile. John served as an army officer in India, where he developed … Continue reading

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