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Mungo Park (explorer)

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Mungo Park
Mungo Park (explorer)
Born11 September 1771
Died1806 (aged 35)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Known forExploration of African continent
Scientific career
Mungo Park commemorative medal

Mungo Park was a Scottish explorer of Africa. He was born in Foulshiels near Selkirk on September 11, 1771 and died in 1806 in Yelwa, Nigeria. He was the first Westerner (person from the Western Hemisphere) to visit the higher parts of the Niger River.

In January 1806, on his second journey to explore the River Nigeria, his boat was overwhelmed in a native attack and in an attempt to escape, he jumped into the river and got drowned, ending his life at the age of 35.

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