Richard Francis Burton

(Sir Richard Francis Burton)

Richard Francis Burton
Richard Francis Burton
  • Born: March 19, 1821
  • Died: October 20, 1890
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Soldier, Diplomat, Explorer, Translator, Arabist, Author

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Sir Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer, and diplomat. He was famed for his travels and explorations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. According to one count, he spoke 29 European, Asian and African languages.

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