Condition: wear, yellowing, repair to reverse side, small missing places. This map comes from Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. This is the first map of Nile from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean.Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, , 1863. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke made the discovery of Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Once back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered by the acclaim greeting Speke's discovery. Which he named Ripon Falls.
This was the crowning moment of the expedition and of Speke's career (ODNB). Unverified; nor did the party follow the Nile stream closely as they travelled north to Bunyoro, allowing critics to question whether Speke's river really was the Nile.
On his return to London Speke's findings almost immediately came under fire, not least from Burton, who questioned whether he had found the same lake from the north as he had seen from the south. The British Association arranged a public debate to be held in Bath on 16 September 1864, but Speke was found dead the previous day, apparently killed in a hunting accident. The circumstances of his death, his dispute with Burton, and his somewhat slapdash record-keeping, have conspired to deny Speke the prominence of Stanley, Burton or Livingstone. But the importance of Speke's discoveries can hardly be overestimated.In discovering the'source reservoir' of the Nile he succeeded in solving the'problem of all ages. He and Grant were the first Europeans to cross Equatorial Eastern Africa, and thereby gained for the world a knowledge of rather mor. E than eight degrees of latitude, or about five hundred geographical miles, in a portion of Eastern Africa previously totally unknown. John Hanning Speke (4 May 1827 15 September 1864) was an English explorer and officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa. He is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and was the first European to reach Lake Victoria. The item "Map of Route Captains Speke & Grant across Africa Zanzibar to Mediterranean 1864" is in sale since Tuesday, February 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Africa Maps". The seller is "woltrussia" and is located in Tel-Aviv Yafo . This item can be shipped worldwide.