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Burton and Speke at Lake Tanganyika

Burton and Speke at Lake Tanganyika

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CHRISTIAN JEGOU PUBLIPHOTO DIFFUSION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CHRISTIAN JEGOU PUBLIPHOTO DIFFUSION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Exploration of the Great Lakes. Artwork of Sir Richard Francis Burton (carried on a litter) and John Hanning Speke (right) arriving at Lake Taganyika, Africa, in 1858. The British pair made an expedition East Africa in 1856 with the intention of discovering the source of the River Nile. During the return trip, the pair separated after Burton became ill and Speke went on to discover another great lake which he named in honour of Queen Victoria. He suggested that this was the source of the River Nile, a theory that was proven during a later expedition.

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