The Explorer Who Got Lost: Dr Andrew Cowan's Journal Found

  title={The Explorer Who Got Lost: Dr Andrew Cowan's Journal Found},
  author={H P Crampton},
  journal={South African Historical Journal},
  pages={747 - 768}
  • H. Crampton
  • Published 19 October 2012
  • History
  • South African Historical Journal
Abstract In 1808 one of the most expensive expeditions, with the most ambitious agenda, set out from Cape Town for the Portuguese Fort at Delagoa Bay in southern Mozambique. Under the leadership of Dr Andrew Cowan of the 83rd Regiment, the expedition crossed the Orange river safely and, after a short sojourn at the Klaarwater mission station, set off for the Kuruman river where Malibongwe, the king of the baTlhaping, had his capital. Two previous expeditions from the Cape had visited the… 



Probably a corruption of Mahikeng, the Tswana pronunciation of 'Mafikeng

    See also Cowan's comment regarding the use of this route by white traders from the coast

      The boo Ratshidi, a branch of the baKwena east of the Marico river (see Breutz, Tribes of Mafeking

      • 2009

      Tribes of Mafeking, 160; also Campbell, Narrative

        Cowan crossed at the same drift described by other later white travellers, just below the Molopo's source (see Campbell, Narrative

        • Diary

        Item 1, 10Á18 December 1808) with later white travellers

        • The Matabele Journals of Robert Moffat 1829Á1860
        • 1945

        Possibly the Makama, or Klein Marico river (see Kirby

        • Sir Andrew Smith

        See Campbell, Travels