It’s widely believed that Mungo Park ‘discovered’ the River Niger.
However, there are some unanswered questions to the ‘discovery’.
Firstly, history had it that he ‘asked’ the locals (villagers) for direction to the river. If he was the one that actually ‘discovered’ the river, how come some people directed him there? Have they not been there before him? How can some people direct him to where he wanted to ‘discover’?
Secondly, the locals are believed to be bathing, fishing and fetching water from the ‘undiscovered’ river. If he was the one that actually ‘discovered’ the River first, he should be the one to first bath or swim in the river. But this is not so.
Lastly, while some people believe that he discovered the River ‘mouth’, others believe he discovered it for the British. Why is there no generally accepted direct answer to the question “What did Mungo Park discover”?