A Dissertation on the Course and Probable Termination of the Niger

Paperback | February 6, 2012

byRufane Shaw Donkin

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829. Excerpt: ... however humble in its nature, might do much towards clearing away the preliminary difficulties which had hitherto blocked up the approach to the question; and I next felt that it was also necessary to begin by defining and agreeing on the exact terms of the problem to be solved, which I conceive have not hitherto been clearly stated. The desideratum, or postulatum, as I understand the matter, has been to find a large river in Central Africa, which Ptolemy and other ancient writers called the Niger, and which we still call so; which shall either flow into the Atlantic, or into some great central Lake or Marsh; or lose itself in central sands; or unite itself with the Egyptian Nile; or empty itself by some other channel into the Mediterranean Sea. These appear to be all the modes by which a great river known to exist in Central Africa, but whose termination is unknown, can be disposed of. In the course of my researches I soon suspected that the reason why geographers and travellers had hitherto failed in settling this question was, because they had made a verbal or grammatical error in stating the object of their search to be The Niger, or rather The Nile, (for by the name of Nile the great river of Central Africa has been generally known to ancient and Arabian writers,) instead of searching for A Nile--or A Niger; and they have thus been endeavouring to unite and reconcile in some one individual river, qualities and circumstances which have been predicated of several distinct rivers, and they have thus confounded a specific appellative with a generic and descriptive one. My attempt in the following pages will be to reconcile all or most of what has been said of the Niger, from the times of Herodotus and Ptolemy, down to those of Park and Denham, notwithsta...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829. Excerpt: ... however humble in its nature, might do much towards clearing away the preliminary difficulties which had hitherto blocked up t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217908918

ISBN - 13:9780217908917

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