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Caillié, René Auguste - René Auguste Cailié (1799-1838) was a French explorer inspired since childhood by the story of Robinson Crusoe. By passing himself as an Egyptian captured by Napoleon he hid his noticeable French accent when speaking Arabic when he made his attempt to reach the city of Timbuktu by caravan. He was the second European that actually made it to the then mythical city. Gordon Laing, the first one, however, died shortly after his success while Caillé became the first European to actually return safely from the city, a feat that made him a fortune back in his own country.
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Origin of the term - France.
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Synonyms - Related words or with the same meaning: timbuktu, robinson crusoe, gordon laing.
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