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Ludwig Krapf

(1810—1881) linguist of Swahili and missionary in Africa


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(1810–1881), German missionary in East Africa and the first European to sight Mount Kenya. Johann Ludwig Krapf was born to a humble farming family in a village near Tübingen. A precocious linguistic talent led him to study at the Basle Mission College, where he was recruited by the Anglican Church Missionary Society (CMS) to work in Ethiopia. There he made some notable travels, especially south into Shoa, and passed on useful information to the embassy of W. C. Harris. His work was also brought to the attention of geographers in Britain by the scholar James MacQueen, and is was published in 1843.

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From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: World History.


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