Accepted paper:

László Magyar (1818-1864), the Hungarian explorer of Bié (Angola) revisited in the bicentenary of his birth

Author:

István Rákóczi (ELTE University)

Paper short abstract:

László Magyar, known as "Enganna Como" among the Africans, was born in Hungary and died in Angola. His journeys from the Zambezi River to Cunene and his works in the fields of geography, ethnography and cartography - including important observations on hydrography -, have great scientific value.

Paper long abstract:

László Magyar, known as "Enganna Como" among the Africans, was born in Hungary and died in Angola. Both his journeys from the Zambezi River to Cunene and his works in the fields of geography, ethnography and cartography - including important observations on hydrography -, have great scientific value. In the bicentenary of his birth, Hungary, in a very symbolic form, returns his legacy to Angola, with the translation of his texts into Portuguese and a parallel exhibition on his life and work. In Portugal (Arquivo Histórico Ultramarino) and Angola (Luanda, Benguela, Lubango) the Commission for the Commemoration of the Bicentenary of László Magyar aims at reassessing his importance and role between Livingston and Silva Porto, as a non-colonial European adventurer and self-made-explorer of the inner parts Africa.

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