Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (June 2, 2011)
First published in 1883, this travel memoir chronicles the journey into West Africa undertaken by explorers Richard Burton (1821-90) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-94) in 1881. The mission for the two men was to assess the mining potential of the west coast, first observed by Burton in a publication that had appeared twenty years earlier. Volume 2 starts with the men in Sierra Leone and describes the journey to Axim, ‘the gold port of the past and the future’ in Ghana. The subsequent chapters describe various expeditions made out of Axim and the examination of some mines. The journey was cut short by the Foreign Office, who feared for the safety of the two explorers. Burton returned to Europe with a large collection of plant and animal specimens, and the pair sent 151 plant species, lists of which are included in the appendices, to Kew Gardens.