Cartographical Quandaries: the Limits of Knowledge Production in Burton's and Speke's Search for the Source of the Nile

  title={Cartographical Quandaries: the Limits of Knowledge Production in Burton's and Speke's Search for the Source of the Nile},
  author={Adrian S. Wisnicki},
  journal={History in Africa},
  pages={455 - 479}
When he sighted the southern end of Lake Victoria on 3 August 1858, John Hanning Speke (1859b:397) realized that he had discovered the “source” of the White Nile, the most important tributary of the Nile proper, and so had “almost, if not entirely, solved a problem which it has been the first geographical desideratum of many thousand years to ascertain, and the ambition of the first monarchs of the world to unravel.” That Speke was an unknown explorer and that he had made his discovery on a… 

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