Eugène Mage

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Eugène Abdon Mage

Eugène Abdon Mage [ øˈʒɛn abˈdɔ̃ maʒ ] (born  July 30, 1837 in Paris , †  December 19, 1869 ) was a French naval officer and traveler to Africa.

Mage lived as adjutant to General Louis Faidherbe in West Africa (in today's Senegal ) from 1858 and made trips to the upper reaches of Senegal and Tagant (in today's Mauritania ) from there in 1860 . He later explored the Saloum and Sine rivers north of the Gambia .

In 1863 Mage accompanied the naval doctor Louis Quintin from Medina ( Saudi Arabia ) via Bafoulabé , Kita , Nioro du Rip and Diangounté to the upper reaches of the Niger , where he tried to map the river between Koulikoro and Sansanding . Basically this trip served the commercial interests, which Quintin represented.

Mage reached Ségou (in present-day Mali) in February 1864 , where he was held for two years before he was allowed to return home in June 1866.

Through their astronomical determinations and recordings, Mage and Quint greatly improved and completed the map of western Sudan . Mage described this journey in his works.

Mage drowned on December 19, 1869 when he was shipwrecked near Brest with the corvette "Gorgone" he was driving .


  • Relation d'un voyage d'exploration au Soudan occidental . Paris 1867.
  • Voyage dans le Soudan occidental . Paris 1868.

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