Cameron, Verney Lovett


Cameron, Verney Lovett

▪ British explorer
born July 1, 1844, Radipole, near Weymouth, Dorset, Eng.
died March 27, 1894, near Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
 British explorer, the first to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea.

      Cameron entered the British navy in 1857, taking part in the Abyssinian campaign of 1868 and in the suppression of the east African slave trade. In 1872 the Royal Geographical Society chose him to lead an expedition to bring help to the explorer David Livingstone (Livingstone, David), who was lost in eastern Africa, and also to explore on his own. Soon after leaving Zanzibar, the expedition met Livingstone's servants bearing his body. At Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika (Tanganyika, Lake), Cameron recovered some of Livingstone's papers. Exploring the southern half of the lake, he established its outlet at the Lukuga River, a Congo (Congo River) tributary. He then traced the Congo-Zambezi watershed for hundreds of miles and reached the west coast of Africa near Benguela, Angola, on Nov. 7, 1875.

      He wrote Across Africa (1877) and for the rest of his life was associated with developing commercial projects in Africa. Claiming to have originated the idea of a “Cape to Cairo” railway, which Cecil Rhodes endeavoured to develop, Cameron also advocated an African-Asian railway from Tripoli, Libya, to Karāchi [now in Pakistan]. He visited western Africa with Sir Richard Burton (Burton, Sir Richard), with whom he wrote To the Gold Coast for Gold (1883).

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