The Lake Regions of Central Africa (Classic Reprint)

The Lake Regions of Central Africa (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Lake Regions of Central Africa The map of the geographer Ptolemy (in the sec ond century) represents the Nile as flowing from two large lakes, lying on and extending to the southward of the equator. This map, which was published in Rome in 1508, and is partly included in the chart Of Africa given in Purchas's Pil grims, is incorrect in many details, but the correctness of its main features has been verified by the latest discoveries. The Moun tains of the Moon, which Ptolemy places be tween these lakes and the Indian Ocean, were long supposed to be a myth; but the discovery Of those mountains, and the tableland of Unia-mezi, (the Land of the Moon, ) preceded that of the lakes lying beyond, and the connection of the Nile with the lakes followed, completely verifying the re port oi the Old Egyptian geographer. Rumors of large lakes, lying in the interior of Equatorial Africa, were first received, in modern times, through the Portuguese. The existence of Lake N yassa, for instance, was well known long be fore it had been visited by any European traveller, and many maps of Africa, published in the early part of the present century, contain a conjectured outline of it, (usually much larger than the reality, ) under the name of Maravi - a name which really belongs to the tableland to the westward of it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 486 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 644g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243076061
  • 9780243076062