|Birth Day||September 19, 1799|
|Age||220 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||May 17, 1838 (age 38)|
Reading Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe inspired him to make a career out of traveling.
He spent years in Senegal learning Arabic and the customs of the people before setting off on an expedition to the famed city.
He came from the lowest class of French society and his father was a former convict.
The exotic Timbuktu was the setting of Geoffrey Holder's play.