James Richardson

(1806—1851) traveller in Africa and anti-slavery campaigner

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British explorer. James Richardson was born in Lincolnshire in 1806 and after studying to become an evangelical minister, determined that his life's mission was to advance Christianity and abolish the slave trade. Richardson made three journeys to Africa, but his method of travel was quite different from that of the more famous explorers of the nineteenth century. Richardson traveled slowly and usually without a specific destination. He said that “African travel can only be successfully prosecuted piecemeal, bit by bit.” After a brief trip to Morocco, Richardson traveled 600 miles (966 kilometers) across the Sahara from Tripoli to Ghat, arriving there in October 1845. During his stay, he represented himself as the English consul. After collecting considerable information about the Saharan slave trade and various descriptions of Timbuctoo, he returned to London.


From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: World History.

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