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.
- Relation d'un voyage d'exploration au Soudan occidental . Paris 1867.
- Voyage dans le Soudan occidental . Paris 1868.
- Biography (French)
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Mage, Eugène Abdon (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French naval officer and traveler to Africa|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 30, 1837|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Paris|
|DATE OF DEATH||December 19, 1869|