Tag 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: 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: Hugh Clapperton

Hugh Clapperton, famous for identifying the final course and termination of the River Niger. He was the first European to chart every degree of latitude between the Mediterranean and and the Gulf of Guinea, and his discoveries led directly to … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Alexander Von Humboldt

Alexander Von Humboldt stated “Everything is interconnected”. The work of Humboldt has been praised across the globe and is one of the most important scientists and geographers of the 19th Century. Humboldt’s travels in  South America provided him with material … Continue reading

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Geographical Heroes: Mary Kingsley

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) was the first European to visit several parts of West Africa. She was the daughter of the Doctor, naturalist and writer George Kinglsey, and many of her fathers interests became her own. She was self-taught, using her … Continue reading

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