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Dangerous journey across Africa

Realizing it was dangerous for a French Christian to travel through Arab lands, he disguised himself as an Arab and spent nine months with a Muslim tribe studying the Koran and learning to speak Arabic. In March 1827 he traveled to Freetown, a seaport in Sierra Leone, and then went north in a coastal vessel to the Rio Nunez, where he joined a caravan to the interior. He told his companions he had been born in Cairo and had been taken as a child by the French to Senegal. While the Arabs may have doubted his story, he was so poor that no one robbed him or prevented him from continuing his journey.

When the caravan reached the town of Kouroussa in June, Caillié joined another caravan traveling to the important trading town of Djenné. Along the way he became ill...

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