James Augustus Grant

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James Augustus Grant
BirthplaceNairn, Scotland
Explorer, author, armed forces officer
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Grant, James Augustus


Born Apr. 11, 1827, in Nairn. Scotland; died there Feb. 11, 1892. British traveler and officer of the East India Company’s colonial troops.

From 1860 to 1863, Grant took part in J. Speke’s second expedition into Central Africa, which was organized by the

English government. Speke and Grant were the first Europeans to succeed in going around Lake Victoria from its western side; they established that the Nile River originated there.


A Walk Across Africa .... London, 1864.
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James Augustus Grant, soldier and explorer, was in on the discovery of the source of the River Nile in 1862.