Travels in Nubia

Travels in Nubia

by John Lewis Burckhardt (Author)
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John Lewis, Burckhardt (born Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and also known as Jean Louis Burckhardt) was a Swiss traveler and geographer. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1784 and died of dysentery in Cairo, Egypt in 1817 at the age of 32. His travels were sponsored by the African Association of London; his goal was to discover the headwaters of the Niger River and the location of Timbuktu, the “Lost City of Gold”. For his own protection Burckhardt assumed the identity of an Arab, “Sheikh Ibrahim Ibn Abdallah” during his travels in the Middle East and north Africa. He is best known for rediscovering the ruins of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Travelling as a Muslim convert, Burckhardt explored Nubia (modern southern Egypt and northern Sudan) during 1813-1814. His voluminous letters and journals were published posthumously by the African Association. (Sources: Wikipedia, Cambridge)

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October 15, 2018
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