JOHN HANNING SPEKE    Book Number: 84524    Product format: Paperback

Speke's original text detailing his travels in Africa that began in 1859, during which he hoped to prove that the Victorian N'yanza was the source of the Nile. It details the main sights visited on his journey and was originally published as 'Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile' in 1863. The original language has been retained as it appeared in this edition, an abridged version, and this displays Speke's personal style and views expressed at the time which may appear rather shocking. The source of the River Nile was one of the great mysteries of the Victorian age. On an expedition with Richard Burton which reached Lake Tanganyika, Speke went on alone to investigate rumours of the lake he would later name Victoria and proclaim the source of the Nile. This led to a furious dispute with Burton, and it was in the hope of proving his theory correct that Speke launched the expedition that he describes in this book. One of the great journeys of Victorian exploration, Speke and his companion James Augustus Grant travelled from the island of Zanzibar inland to Lake Victoria and saw the Ripon Falls where the outfall from the lake flows north. Their travels took them through Karagué and Uganda, a march down the northern slopes of Africa, to Madi. 320pp in paperback.
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