The New International Encyclopædia/Fischer, Gustav Adolf

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FISCHER, Gustav Adolf (1848-86). A German African explorer, born at Barmen. In 1876 he accompanied the Denhardt East African Exploring Expedition to Zanzibar, and in the following year explored Witu and the Southern Galla country. In 1878 he continued his journey to Wapokomoland and along the Tana River to Massa. With the support of the Geographical Society of Hamburg he visited the Massai country in 1882, and penetrated from the mouth of the Pagani to Lake Naivasha. Equipped with funds by the brother of Junker, an explorer, who, with Emin Pasha and Casati, had been lost in the equatorial provinces, he organized a relief expedition, which, however, was compelled to return after reaching Lake Victoria Nyanza. Shortly after his arrival in Germany in 1886, he died of a bilious fever contracted during this journey.