The Last Blank Spaces
The challenge of opening Africa and Australia to British imperial influence fell to a coterie of proto-professional explorers who sought knowledge, adventure, and fame but often experienced confusion, fear, and failure. The Last Blank Spaces follows the arc of these explorations, from idea to practice, intention to outcome, myth to reality.
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Aborigines Adelaide Africa and Australia African explorers Arab armchair geographers Australia London Australian expeditions Australian explorers Babbage Baikie beneﬁt Bombay botanical Britain British explorers Burke Cambridge camels Cape caravan cartographic central Charles Sturt colonial continent David Livingstone diary discovery East Empire Ernest Giles European expedition’s Exploring Expedition Eyre ﬁeld ﬁgures ﬁnd ﬁrst expedition Forrest Francis Galton Grant Heinrich Barth Henry Morton Stanley Hugh Clapperton imperial indigenous inﬂuence interior intermediaries john Hanning Speke journal journey Kirk knowledge Lake land Lander Ludwig Leichhardt maps McDouall Stuart Melbourne Mitchell Mungo Park Narrative Nile nineteenth century observations ofAfrica ofDiscovery ofﬁcers ofthe party plorers porters region Richard Burton River route Royal Geographical Society Samuel Baker Science Scientiﬁc Exploration scientiﬁc instruments settlers slave South Australia Stanley’s survey territory Thomson tion trade Travels Tripoli Verney Lovett Cameron Victoria West Africa Western Australia William William Landsborough York Zambezi Zanzibar