Daniel Houghton

(1740—1791) traveller in Africa

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Irish explorer of the Niger River. Daniel Houghton was born in Ireland, became a major in the British army, and was hired by the African Association to search for the Niger River. An old Africa hand, Houghton earlier had served many years in Senegal. Because he was an unpensioned retired military officer, he applied to and was accepted by the African Association to penetrate the continent from the Gambia River to search for information regarding the source and direction of flow of the Niger River. He was instructed also to visit Timbuctoo, and then return home by the most feasible route.


From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: World History.

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