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Title:Lake Malawi, I Presume? David Livingstone, maps and the 'discovery' of Lake Nyassa in 1859
Author:Thompson, T. JackISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:66
Issue:2
Pages:1-15
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:expeditions
cartography
lakes
About person:David Livingstone (1813-1873)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/23611969
Abstract:Livingstone provided detailed observations, descriptions and maps based on his various visits to Lake Malawi between 1859 and 1863. However, long before Livingstone reached Lake Malawi in September 1859, considerable knowledge of it existed, in maps, in textual accounts, and in the practical knowledge of Swahili-Arab traders. In this article, the author examines to what extent Livingstone had knowlegde of and interacted with some of the maps that existed at the time. The author remarks that non-European knowledge of the lake was grossly undervalued, and that apart from the residents around the lake itself, Portuguese and Arab travellors had probably passed very near to the lake in the centuries before Livingstone reached it. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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