February 23, 2014

On this day February 23rd

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

23 February, 1863 British explorers John Speke and James Grant, on their return from an expedition in Africa announced that Lake Victoria (Lake Nyaza), is the source of the Nile River. The expedition was Speke’s second attempt and was meant to put to rest all doubt on his earlier findings.

Speke’s first expedition to Africa was in 1856 when he accepted an invitation by Richard Burton to search for the great lakes of Africa. Their expedition would be a difficult one. They were plagued by disease, and on several occasions had to take alternative routes to avoid wars. During the expedition they were once captured, attacked and severely injured. At one point Speke had to leave Burt

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