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The Marchand expedition: resting at Bahr-el-Gazal, Sudan, June 1897

The Marchand expedition: resting at Bahr-el-Gazal, Sudan, June 1897


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The Marchand expedition: resting at Bahr-el-Gazal, Sudan, June 1897

The Marchand expedition: resting at Bahr-el-Gazal, Sudan, June 1897. In 1896-1898 Jean-Baptiste Marchand (1863-1934), a French army officer, led an expedition which crossed Africa from the mouth of the Congo via the source of the White Nile to Fashoda (Kodok) in the Sudan. Part of a Private Collection

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The Marchand Expedition - A Glimpse into African Exploration in the 19th Century

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. This print captures a moment of respite during the renowned Marchand expedition of 1896-1898. Led by Jean-Baptiste Marchand, a brave French army officer, this historic journey took them across Africa from the mouth of the Congo to Fashoda (Kodok) in Sudan. In this image, we witness an encampment at Bahr-el-Gazal, Sudan, where weary explorers find solace amidst their arduous quest. The scene is filled with intriguing details - a rustic hut and campfire suggest temporary shelter and warmth against the vast African wilderness. Men clad in military uniforms sit together, rifles resting nearby as they take a well-deserved break from their challenging mission. The lush greenery surrounding them showcases the natural beauty of this untamed continent while emphasizing its geographical significance. Amidst it all stands an imposing tree that seems to symbolize resilience and strength. As these courageous soldiers rest and recharge for what lies ahead, one can't help but ponder on the complexities of colonialism that underpin such expeditions. This photograph serves as both a historical artifact and a reminder of Africa's rich tapestry woven through exploration. Preserved within a private collection today, this lithograph offers us glimpses into an era defined by adventure and discovery. It invites us to reflect upon those who dared to venture into uncharted territories in pursuit of knowledge about our world's diverse landscapes.

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