Excerpt from Travels in the Interior of Africa, Vol. 1
Mungo park was born on the l0th of September, 1771, the son of a farmer at Fowlshiels, near Selkirk. After studying medicine in Edinburgh, he went out, at the age of twenty-one, assistant surgeon in a ship bound for the E... ast Indies. When he came back the African Society was in want of an explorer, to take the place of Major Houghton, who had died. Mungo Park volun teered, was accepted, and in his twenty-fourth year, on the 22nd of May, 1795, he sailed for the coasts of Senegal, where he arrived in June.
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