Andersson Charles John
Swedish explorer, hunter and trader, amateur naturalist and ornithologist.
He is best known for the many books he published about his travels, and for being one of the most notable researchers in southern Africa, mostly modern Namibia.
Born in Värmland in Sweden. He was the illegitimate child of the British bear hunter Llewellyn Lloyd and his Swedish servants.
Andersson grew up in Sweden. As a boy, I went hunting with my father, and even then I began to collect a collection of representatives of the Swedish fauna.
In 1847, Andersson entered the University of Lund, and in 1849 went to London, intending to sell his collection to raise money for traveling around the world.
In London, he met with researcher Francis Galton, with whom he organized an expedition to South Africa. In mid-summer in 1850, they arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, and then went to Walvis Bay, in modern Namibia. Then they traveled inland to areas at that time little studied by Europeans. Travelers intended to reach Lake Ngami, but failed.
Galton returned home to England, while Andersson remained in the area and reached Lake Ngami in 1853. In 1855, he returned to London, where he published his book Lake Ngami, in which he described his travels. In the same year he returned to Africa.
Andersson got a job at a mine manager in the so-called Damaraland and Namaqualand. However, he soon left this position and continued his research. In 1859 he reached the Okavango River. He described this expedition in his book The Okavango River.
Upon his return, Andersson went to the Cape of Good Hope, where he married and settled in Ombingwe (now the region of Central Namibia).
Anderson had serious financial problems and in order to continue his research he had to earn money by trading and hunting. He did not have enough money to publish books, and Galton refused to help him.
In 1867, despite a serious illness, Andersson went north to the Portuguese settlements in modern Angola to establish the best trade route to Europe, but, failing to force the Cunene River, he was forced to turn back. His health deteriorated sharply, and he passed away on the way back. He was buried by a fellow expedition Swede Axel Eriksson.
After the death of Andersson, his wife and children continued to live in Africa, in the Cape Colony.
Andersson's father published notes from some of his expeditions in the book “Notes on Traveling in South-West Africa”.
A group of small islands near the west coast Barents Island, Svalbard. The coordinates are 78°10'N 20°30'E.
Bay near the west coast of the Barents Island, Svalbard. Coordinates 78°10'N 20°30'E.
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