Travels In The Interior Of Africa - Volume 2 of 2 - By Mungo Park














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Thus Was I In Danger Of Falling A Second Time Into The Hands Of Men Who Would Consider It Not

Only justifiable, but meritorious, to destroy me, and this reflection was aggravated by the circumstance that the danger increased as

I advanced in my journey, for I learned that the places beyond Jenne were under the Moorish influence in a still greater degree than Jenne itself, and Timbuctoo, the great object of my search, altogether in possession of that savage and merciless people, who allow no Christian to live there. But I had now advanced too far to think of returning to the westward on such vague and uncertain information, and determined to proceed; and being accompanied by the guide, I departed from the village on the morning of the 24th. About eight o'clock we passed a large town called Kabba, situated in the midst of a beautiful and highly cultivated country, bearing a greater resemblance to the centre of England than to what I should have supposed had been the middle of Africa. The people were everywhere employed in collecting the fruit of shea trees, from which they prepare the vegetable butter mentioned in former parts of this work. These trees grow in great abundance all over this part of Bambarra. They are not planted by the natives, but are found growing naturally in the woods; and in clearing woodland for cultivation every tree is cut down but the shea. The tree itself very much resembles the American oak, and the fruit - from the kernel of which, being first dried in the sun, the butter is prepared by boiling the kernel in water - has somewhat the appearance of a Spanish olive.

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