By Jamie Bruce Lockhart
Clapperton was once born in Annan within the Scottish borders in 1788. Like many Scots of his iteration, he observed provider at sea because the route to repute and riches within the British Empire. throughout the Napoleonic Wars he served within the Mediterranean and the East Indies, and at the nice Lakes of Canada within the warfare with the us.
After his discharge as a lieutenant in 1817, boredom and thirst for experience spurred him to exploration in Africa. He participated in expeditions to map the Niger and the massive unexplored hinterland of the Guinea coast, and had command of the second one of those - an entire scale diplomatic challenge to a area of big value to Britain's burgeoning political and advertisement imperial pursuits.
Jamie Bruce Lockhart has retraced Clapperton's footsteps and takes the reader via woodland, desolate tract and extremes of weather. during this vibrant and sympathetic biography the reader witnesses Clapperton's adventures, hopes, fears, misfortunes and his finally lonely fate.
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Frank, however, decidedly put out by his friend’s distant manner, insisted upon an explanation; the air was eventually cleared and their old comradeship comfortably resumed. On Clorinde’s return to Bombay in January 1813, Clapperton learnt that in his absence he had been appointed master’s mate on board Hood’s flagship, HMS Illustrious, and that Illustrious had been ordered back to England, for England was now at war with America. A series of naval engagements had already taken place on the eastern seaboard of the United States and on the Great Lakes in Canada, and Hood was required to release resources for the new front.
Nineteenth‐century biographers waxed either evasive or sentimental on the subject, the Reverend J. Convicted of smuggling and given the option of imprisonment or impressment, he chose the latter and, on 8 February 1806, was duly bound over to serve in His Majesty’s navy. Two weeks later he was sent to Spithead on board a crowded naval transport. He could not accept that his actions had in any way constituted a crime; he had simply been doing his landlady a kindly favour and he considered the sentence handed down to him to be not only unwarranted but manifestly inappropriate.
The site chosen for the landing, the small beach at Mapou Bay three miles to the west of Grand Bay and well away from the French gun emplacements, required the negotiation of a narrow channel through the reef, and its entrance had already been surveyed and buoyed. In the midst of a great deal of excitement and some apprehension, the boats rowed ashore against the strong westerly‐setting tide. By five in the afternoon a party of British troops had set off into the woods, heading for Port Louis over higher ground; and by the end of the evening the remainder of the force had landed and established secure positions with the requisite arms, ammunition and food (and spirits) for the men.
A Sailor in the Sahara: The Life and Travels in Africa of Hugh Clapperton, Commander RN by Jamie Bruce Lockhart