By Michael Allin

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Publish yr note: First released 1998

In October 1826, a boat arrived at Marseille sporting the 1st giraffe ever obvious in France. A royal providing from Muhammad Ali, Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, to King Charles X, she had already traveled 2,000 miles down the Nile to Alexandria, from the place she had sailed around the Mediterranean status within the carry, her lengthy neck and head sticking out via a gap lower within the deck. within the spring of 1827, after wintering in Marseille, she used to be rigorously walked 550 miles to Paris to the satisfaction of millions of onlookers.

The viceroy's tribute used to be politically stimulated: He commanded the Turkish forces then struggling with the Greeks of their battle of independence, and was hoping his present may convince the French to not intrude opposed to him. however the viceroy and his intentions have been fast forgotten as France fell in love with its "beautiful stranger."
Zarafa chronicles the total tale of this awesome animal, revealing a kaleidoscope of background, technology, and tradition that opens an unique window at the early 19th century. From the Enlightenment's blossoming fascination with technological know-how to Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Egypt in 1798–from the eminent French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire to Bernardino Drovetti, French consul normal in Egypt and tomb robber extraordinaire–the period was once jam-packed with memorable occasions and characters. Michael Allin deftly weaves them into the tale with an appreciation for aspect and an unusual affection.

The giraffe's unusual and lovely trip associated Africa and Europe in mutual discovery. even though her arrival didn't continue the French out of Ali's conflict, she grew to become an speedy star in Paris and over the following eighteen years she involved all of Europe. via Michael Allin's narrative ability, Zarafa stirs the mind's eye because it presents a brand new context for the historical past of a far off age.

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The Re- ZARAFA 19 public of Sudan, only forty years independent and the largest country in Africa, has always been the ethnic and climatic crossroads of the continent. Just as desert south, blends into rain forest 1,000 miles to the White Africa and Black Africa meet and meld Sudan, darkening through the Nubians of the Sa- in hara to the dazzling ebony Nuer and Dinka toward the equator. The most prominent is feature on a map the huge snaking S the Nile makes from of Sudan Khartoum to the Egyptian border.

Often interrupting With the phenomenal luck characterized his entire that them he returned to life, Cairo just in time to accompany Napoleon back to Paris. Denon's voluminous drawings and exciting popular account of the campaign headings such as "Depart for the a head start work of whose with chapter Unknown" of over a year on the the savants, — more —had scholarly enthusiastic chronicler and press agent he became. The debacle savants, who in Egypt was only military. For the continued their avid investigating and collecting while marooned with the army, those three years were a triumph and tribute to the human mind.

Enlightenment tradition of Napoleon's corps des savants panied the all two decades before, Cailliaud accom- initial 1821. It Egyptian invasion of Nubia and took the huge army three days to White Nile south of Tuti Island; thirty men 50 camels drowned. Cailliaud, commissioned to search for gold, explored Nile; his sail was the ancient Egyptians had first 400 miles up the Blue seen on the river since come south for slaves. Z A Cailliaud saw R A F A 41 giraffes "to right and along left" the Blue Nile near Sennar, as well as monkeys, hye- and elephants whose herds then ranged north nas, He nearly into Egypt.

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