Crampel (Paul) (1864-1891)

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Paul Crampel
Paul Crampel in Le Tour du monde, 1892 (© CAOM all rights reserved)
Paul Crampel was born in Nancy. After studying humanities he was hired as private secretary by Brazza, who entrusted him with exploring the Ogooué north basin. Crampel mapped more than 2,000 km of routes and signed many treaties with local chieftains. In 1890 The French Africa Committee entrusted him with the mission to reach the Tchad lake, linking the Congo with the Sahara. On the 9th of April 1891 Crampel was murdered at El Kouti. Only a few men, in the rear-guard, escaped being slaughtered.


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