Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile (Google eBook)

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William Blackwood, 1863 - Africa, East - 658 pages
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Journal of the discovery of the source of the Nile

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In this 1863 volume, Speke recounts how he discovered Lake Victoria in East Africa in 1858. The book is part natural history, part travelog, and part adventure tale. Read full review

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I read this book as part of an effort to read all 100 "Top Adventure Books" as named by National Geographic. This read was like eating my broccoli at dinner. It was good for me (I learned a lot), but ... Read full review

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Page 13 - It is remarkable that the Hindus have christened the source of the Nile Amara, which is the name of a country at the north-east corner of the Victoria N'yanza. This, I think, shows clearly, that the ancient Hindus must have had some kind of communication with both the northern and southern ends of the Victoria N'yanza.
Page 291 - ... myself sat staring at one another for full an hour I mute, but he pointing and remarking with those around him on the novelty of my guard and general appearance, and even requiring to see my hat lifted, the umbrella shut and opened, and the guards face about and show off their red cloaks for such wonders had never been seen in Uganda. "Then, finding the day waning, he sent Maula on an embassy to ask me if I had seen him; and on receiving my reply,
Page 288 - I was requested to sit on the ground outside in the sun with my servants. Now, I had made up my mind never to sit upon the ground as the natives and Arabs are obliged to do, nor to make my obeisance in any other manner than is customary in England, though the Arabs had told me that from fear they had always complied with the manners of the court. I felt that if I did not stand up for my social position at once, I should be treated with contempt during the remainder of my visit, and thus lose the...
Page 290 - Wakungti, all habited in skins, mostly cow-skins ; some few of whom had, in addition, leopard-cat skins girt round the waist, the sign of royal blood. Here I was desired to halt and sit in the glaring sun; so I donned my hat, mounted my umbrella, a phenomenon which set them all a-wondering and laughing, ordered the guard to close ranks, and sat gazing at the novel spectacle.
Page 159 - They were summarily told that as you had already made him a present, he need not expect a visit from me. Adhering, I doubt not, to their master's instructions, they officiously constituted themselves our guides till we chose to strike off their path, when, quickly heading our party, they stopped the way, planted their spears, and dared our advance ! " This menace made us firmer in our determination, and we swept past the spears. After we had marched unmolested for some seven miles, a loud yelping...
Page 450 - N'yawo !' in the most pitiful manner. A man was preceding her, but did not touch her ; for she loved to obey the orders of her king voluntarily, and, in consequence of previous attachment, was permitted, as a mark of distinction, to walk free. Wondrous world ! it is not ten minutes since we parted from the king, yet he had found time to transact this bloody piece of business.'^ Speke, at length, gets out of that land of death and jolly tippling.
Page 283 - It was a magnificent sight. A whole hill was covered with gigantic huts, such as I had never seen in Africa before. I wished to go up to the palace at once, but the officers said ' No, that would be considered indecent in Uganda...
Page 291 - ... of which he took constant and copious draughts from neat little gourd-cups, administered by his ladiesin-waiting, who were at once his sisters and wives. A white dog, spear, shield, and woman the Uganda cognisance were by his side, as also a knot of staff officers, with whom he kept up a brisk conversation on one side; and on the other was a band of Wichezi, or lady-sorcerers, such as I have already described.
Page 205 - Since we had entered Karague we never could get one drop of milk either for love or for money, and I wished to know what motive the Wahuma had for withholding it. We had heard they held superstitious dreads; that any one who ate the flesh of pigs, fish, or fowls, or the bean called maharague, if he tasted the products of their cows, would destroy their cattle.
Page 466 - Everybody ran to see them at once, though the march had been long and fatiguing, and even my sketch-block was called into play. Though beautiful, the scene was not exactly what I expected ; for the broad surface of the lake was shut out from view by a spur of hill, and the falls, about 12 feet deep, and 400 to 500 feet broad, were broken by rocks. Still it was a sight that attracted one to it for hours the roar of the waters, the thousands of passenger-fish, leaping at the falls with all their...

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