Eventually in his travels over the world he learned 25 languages, with dialects that brought the number to 40. It was around two in the morning, and Burton and his 42 comrades were bombarded with flying spears. Read more. Burton sounds like a badass dude. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. To my mind most modern actors are far too light weight both physically & mentally! Though Burton’s pen was probably not quite mightier than his sword, it was a close second. Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1971–77. Plagued by fever and tropical disease, the explorers spent nearly two years in the jungles of interior Africa. In 1860 Burton went off unexpectedly to the United States, where he traveled by stagecoach to the Mormon capital, Salt Lake City. His father was an army officer. Not Burton. People flocked to see his fencing matches, where he would defeat renowned, armor-clad opponents while wearing nothing more than slacks and a cotton shirt. Mark, Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. College didn’t last long. Burton himself had a javelin hurled through his jaw and was forced to return to England. I’ve read a number of his books.

Speke travelled on alone and discovered Lake Victoria, which he was convinced was the Nile's source. And Francis; well, he’s tough enough. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. It’s one of my favourite places in London. Author of. The source of the Nile had eluded the explorers, though Speke later claimed its discovery–sparking controversy and a legendary rivalry. Burton was of mixed English, Irish, and possibly French ancestry. Richard has been overused and ends up “Rich”. The explorers hiked hundreds of miles until they arrived in Ujiji, where they found Africa’s Great Lakes. Any other obscure favorite spots? Burton joined the British army’s East India Company in 1842 and spent the next seven years as a captain stationed in India and later Sindh, Pakistan. In Pakistan, Burton’s interests switched from Hinduism to Islam, sparking a fascination that would inspire his first major adventure–a pilgrimage to Mecca. His reasoning for the trip? Meanwhile he perfected his long-cherished plans for going to Mecca. Burton, largely ignored and denied financing for a new exploration of his own, felt betrayed. Readers are raving about the inaugural issue of Adventure Journal! Burton and his wife are laid to rest in an unassuming little cemetery in London, in a tomb shaped like a life-sized Safari tent.

Expelled from Oxford in 1842 because of a minor breach of discipline, he went to India as subaltern officer in the 18th Regiment of Bombay Native Infantry during England’s war with the Sindh (now a province of Pakistan).

Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Burton is the main character. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Burton died of a heart attack in 1890 at the age of 69…but not before his country anointed him a Knight Commander in 1886. This page has been archived and is no longer updated.

There hasn’t been a good biographical film of him yet. Sir Richard Burton, in full Sir Richard Francis Burton, (born March 19, 1821, Torquay, Devonshire, England—died October 20, 1890, Trieste, Austria-Hungary [now in Italy]), English scholar-explorer and Orientalist who was the first European to discover Lake Tanganyika and to penetrate hitherto-forbidden Muslim cities. Which can be found for free on the web along with some of Burtons books. While on an expedition in 1855, Sir Richard Francis Burton was lying in his tent on the remote Horn of Africa when roughly 200 Somali warriors attacked his camp.

Burton accompanied his parents on their frequent trips abroad and showed an early talent for languages.