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Richard and John Lander

Two brothers born in the Fighting Cocks Inn in Truro in 1804 and 1807 who grew up to become explorers. They were sent in 1830 to explore the lower reaches of the River Niger, and later mounted two more expeditions to the Niger. They found the source, route and mouths of the then unmapped river.

A nine hundred mile trek inland took them through hostile natives, tropical diseases and intense heat. John Lander was killed by a bullet during a fight with natives.

A statue of Richard Lander stands on a tall column at the top of Lemon Street in Truro.





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