John Hanning Speke - Quotes

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The lion is, however, rarely heard - much more seldom seen. ---->>>

So is the savage buffalo, especially delighting in dark places, where he can wallow in the mud and slake his thirst without much trouble; and here also we find the wild pig. ---->>>

Twins are usually hailed with delight, because they swell the power of the family, though in some instances they are put to death. ---->>>

In the following pages I have endeavoured to describe all that appeared to me most important and interesting among the events and the scenes that came under my notice during my sojourn in the interior of Africa. ---->>>

My first occupation was to map the country. ---->>>

Each tribe has its characteristics, it is true. ---->>>

I profess accurately to describe native Africa - Africa in those places where it has not received the slightest impulse, whether for good or evil, from European civilisation. ---->>>

I was afterwards sorry for this, though, if I ever travel again, I shall trust to none but natives, as the climate of Africa is too trying to foreigners. ---->>>

The rest of my work, besides sketching and keeping a diary, which was the most troublesome of all, consisted in making geological and zoological collections. ---->>>

Cows, after leaving the low lands near the coast, are found to be plentiful everywhere, and to produce milk in small quantities, from which butter is made. ---->>>

The equatorial line is, in fact, the centre of atmospheric motion. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: May 4, 1827
Birthplace: Bideford, Devon, England
Die: September 15, 1864
Occupation: Soldier
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John Hanning Speke (4 May 1827 – 15 September 1864) was an 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. He is also known for propounding the Hamitic hypothesis in 1863, in which he supposed that the Tutsi ethnic group were descendants of the biblical figure Ham, and had lighter skin and more "European" features than the Bantu-featured Hutu over whom they ruled (wikipedia)