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African Association hires Houghton

The African Association then hired Irishman Daniel Houghton, a retired major in the British Army. He had become a soldier in 1758, at the age of eighteen, and fought in the Caribbean during the Seven Years’ War. In 1772 he had been stationed in Gibraltar on the southern coast of Spain and later served at the British consulate in Morocco. In 1778 he was made commander of a fort on Gorée, an island off the coast of Africa’s Senegal. While there he learned Mandingo, one of the major languages used in trading in western Africa.

Houghton retired from the army and returned to England, married, and began a large family. In serious need of money, he offered his services to the African Association. He was hired on July 5, 1790, and given instructions to explore the Niger River and the territories that bordered it...

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