Sir Samuel White Baker(1821-1893), Traveller and sportsman
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An enthusiastic big game hunter and adventurer, Baker turned to Africa and the problem of the Nile's source in 1861. Travelling with his wife Florence up the Nile and across country, Baker reached a large lake in March 1864, which he named the Albert N'yanza, and claimed as the true source of the Nile. Now called Lake Albert, it was later established as only a secondary source. Baker's achievements were celebrated on his return to Britain, and his highly entertaining account of his travels, The Albert N'yanza (1866), proved immensely popular.