Victoria Falls, 19th century

Victoria Falls, 19th century

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Caption: Victoria Falls. 19th-century illustration of Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River in southern Africa. This waterfall, one of the world's largest, is 1708 metres wide and 108 metres tall. Its local name is Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the Smoke that Thunders'). The zigzagging gorges formed over a period of 100,000 years as sandstone-filled cracks eroded from the basalt rock. This illustration is by British artist Thomas Baines (1820-1875), who documented the scenery, flora and fauna of southern Africa from 1857 to 1864. In 1858 and 1859 he travelled with British explorer David Livingstone along the Zambezi River, visiting Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas.

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