Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Exploration of the great lakes of eastern Africa was, during the latter part of the last century, the popular equivalent of space travel today. Identification of the sources of the Nile held not only geographical but, more importantly, political significance in a period that saw the scramble by European powers to seize chunks of Africa, often under the guise of suppressing the slave trade to Arabia. In this paperbound series of five articles initially published in volume 87 of the , Dr. Imperato (the editor of that journal) describes in impressive detail the circumstances that moved some highly individualistic Europeans and Americans to organize and lead expeditions from the countries ringing the Horn of Africa into the unmapped and climatically hostile regions approaching Lake Rudolf, now named Lake Turkana, in northern Kenya.


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