First Footsteps in East Africa, Or, an Exploration of Harar - Vol. 1

First Footsteps in East Africa, Or, an Exploration of Harar - Vol. 1

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First Footsteps in East Africa, Or, an Exploration of Harar - Vol. 1

First Footsteps in East Africa, Or, an Exploration of Harar - Vol. 1

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After Richard Burton left Meccah, he returned up the Red Sea to Egypt, and after a short rest, to Bombay. The East India Company Service had long wished to explore Somali-land in Abyssinia, because Berberah, its chief port, is far better than Aden. As Harar, its capital, was the most difficult place, and no white man had ever succeeded in entering it, the whole country being then inhabited by a most dangerous race to deal with, he obtained leave to go there as a private traveller, the Company agreeing to allow him his pay, but no Government protection. He applied for three other Anglo-Indian Officers (amongst them Lieutenant Speke), to tell off to different employments on the coast. Speke was to go to Bunder Guray to buy horses and camels, Herne was to go to Berberah on another errand, and Stroyan on a third errand was to meet him there, whilst Richard Burton was to do the dangerous part, i.e., plunge into the country, and enter Harar . . .

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