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Downside: tedious, repetitive, not much for character profiles, not much development of a storyline. Simply not what I would call a "good read. Interesting to read Speke's side of the Mile question. Fairly readable overall. He seems to mostly restrain himself from taking "shots" at Richard Burton. Mark Eickhoff rated it liked it Mar 24, Vizara rated it it was amazing Jun 23, John rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Ktwo Skate rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Matthew Hron rated it it was ok Jun 13, Matt rated it liked it Aug 05, Lawrence rated it really liked it Apr 18, Bruce Hesselbach rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Albert rated it it was ok May 24, John rated it really liked it Aug 14, Tarmo rated it did not like it Feb 09, Noran Miss Pumkin rated it really liked it Nov 29, Laura Darby rated it really liked it Jan 30, Chris Jackson rated it liked it Apr 19, Poetry Train rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Jason Williams rated it liked it Nov 28, Tom rated it liked it Dec 16, Ann rated it liked it Sep 20, Charles Cresswell rated it really liked it Feb 06, Jason rated it liked it Aug 08, Phil Williams rated it it was ok Oct 10, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Readers also enjoyed. About John Hanning Speke. John Hanning Speke. An inquest concluded that the death was accidental, a conclusion supported by his only biographer Alexander Maitland, though the idea of suicide has appealed to some.

Burton, however, could not set aside his own strong dislike of Speke and was vocal in spreading the idea of a suicide, claiming that Speke feared the debate. In —, Henry Stanley mounted a new expedition and took a boat along the entire shore of Lake Victoria; he established that Lake Tanganyika and the Nile were not connected in any way, and he explored the headwaters of Lake Edward. Much of Speke's Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile is a description of the physical features of Africa's races, in whose condition he found "a strikingly existing proof of the Holy Scriptures.

Two species of African reptiles are named in his honor: Speke's hinge-back tortoise , Kinixys spekii ; and Speke's sand lizard, Heliobolus spekii. The film Mountains of the Moon , starring Scottish actor Iain Glen as Speke, related the story of the Burton-Speke controversy, portrayed as having been unjustifiably incited by Speke's publisher to stimulate book sales. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see John Speke Buckland Brewer , Devon , England.

Neston Park , Wiltshire , England. Cambridge Forecast Group Blog:. Buckland Brewer. Retrieved 17 July The London Gazette. The Victoria Nyanza.

Translated by Henry Arthur Nesbitt. Dictionary of National Biography. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London. Blackwell Publishing. London: Royal Geographical Society. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online ed.

Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile

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The Journal of African Travel-Writing 2 : 70— Burton, Richard Francis London: John Murray. Grant, James Augustus London: W. Blackwood and sons. Harrison, William Burton and Speke. Lloyd, Clare The Travelling Naturalists. Croom Helm. Maitland, Alexander Moorehead, Alan The White Nile. Vintage Books. Sparrow-Niang, Jane Burton was not far behind and he arrived on 21 May Now further disagreements developed; Burton maintained that they had promised each other in Aden not to make public announcements till they both were back in England and Burton accused Speke of a breach of promise by publicly claiming the source of the Nile was found on their trip.

Burton now turned against the theory that Lake Victoria was the source of the Nile and now said the river flowing out of the north side of Lake Tanganyika was the source and thus also reversing himself from the position he took in the letter to Norton Shaw. In that same letter to Shaw, Burton had also stated that Speke would present his findings to the RGS as he was prevented from traveling as he was in poor health and would be in England a short time after Speke.

Exploration of the Nile River: A Journey of Discovery and Imperialism

The jealousies and accusations between the two men got ever greater, further inflamed by their respective circles of friends and people who stood to gain from the feud such as book publishers and newspapers. Burton was still extremely weak and once he appeared in front of a committee of the RGS he was not able to make a convincing case for his leading a second expedition to settle the outstanding matters about the Nile.

The rift widened, and perhaps became irreversible, when Speke was chosen to lead a subsequent expedition instead of Burton. The expedition approached the lake from the south west but Grant was often sick and was not able to travel with Speke much of the time. As during the first trip, in this period of history, Arab slave traders had created an atmosphere of great distrust towards any foreigners entering central Africa, and most tribes either fled or fought when encountering them as they assumed all outsiders to be potential slavers.

After numerous months of delays Speke reached Lake Victoria on 28 July , and then travelled on the west side around Lake Victoria but only seeing it from time to time; but on the north side of the lake, Speke found the Nile flowing out of it and discovered the Ripon Falls. Speke took a serious liking to the elder, Meri, whom he fell in love with, according to his diaries which were redacted when they were published as books later. Speke spent several months at the court of Mutesa and when he had given up winning Mere's heart, tried to arrange a better relationship for Mere with another man, without success it seems.

Because of travel restrictions placed by the local chieftains, slave raiding parties, tribal wars and the difficulty of the terrain, Speke was not able to map the entire flow of the Nile from Lake Victoria north. Why he did not make more efforts to do so is not clear, but the enormous hardships of the journey must have played a large role.

Her name was Florence von Sass and she had been rescued by Baker from a slave market in Vidin during a hunting trip in Bulgaria. This caused some hard feelings between Pethrick and Speke, and Baker played into this so he could assume a greater role as an explorer and co-discoverer of the Nile. Speke, via Baker's ship, then continued to Khartoum from which he sent a celebrated telegram to London: "The Nile is settled.

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Burton claimed that because Speke had not followed the Nile from the place it flowed out of Lake Victoria to Gondokoro, he could not be sure they were the same river. They eventually, after tremendous hardships, such as being racked by fevers and held up by rulers for months on end, found Lake Albert and the Murchison Falls. Speke and Grant now returned to England where they arrived in June and were welcomed as genuine heroes. Speke had also committed to write a book for John Blackwood which he found hard and time consuming as he was not naturally a gifted writer.

In addition Speke had a public dispute with the Pethericks who had by and large acted according to their RGS instructions but Speke had felt they had not. A debate was planned between Speke and Burton before the geographical section of the British Association in Bath on 16 September , [15] but Speke had died the previous afternoon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while shooting at Neston Park in Wiltshire. Speke set out from his uncle's house in company with his cousin, George Fuller, and a gamekeeper, Daniel Davis, for an afternoon's shooting in Neston Park. He fired both barrels in the course of the afternoon and about 4 p.

Davis was marking birds for the two guns who were about 60 yards apart. Speke was seen to climb onto a stone wall about 2 feet high: for the moment he was without his gun. A few seconds later there was a report and when George Fuller rushed up Speke's gun was found behind the wall in the field into which Speke had jumped. The right barrel was at half-cock: only the left barrel was discharged. Speke who was bleeding seriously was sensible for a few minutes and said feebly, "Don't move me.

Snow, surgeon of Box, arrived he was already dead. There was a single wound in his left side such as would be made by a cartridge if the muzzle of the gun—a Lancaster breech-loader without a safety guard—were close to the body; the charge had passed upwards through the lungs dividing all the large blood vessels over the heart, though missing the heart itself. An inquest concluded that the death was accidental, a conclusion supported by his only biographer Tim Jeal, [8] though the idea of suicide has appealed to some. Burton, however, could not set aside his own strong dislike of Speke and was vocal in spreading the idea of a suicide, claiming that Speke feared the debate.

In —, Henry Stanley mounted a new expedition and took a boat along the entire shore of Lake Victoria; he established that Lake Tanganyika and the Nile were not connected in any way, and he explored the headwaters of Lake Edward. Much of Speke's Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile is a description of the physical features of Africa's races, in whose condition he found "a strikingly existing proof of the Holy Scriptures. Two species of African reptiles are named in his honor: Speke's hinge-back tortoise , Kinixys spekii ; and Speke's sand lizard, Heliobolus spekii.

The film Mountains of the Moon , starring Scottish actor Iain Glen as Speke, related the story of the Burton-Speke controversy, portrayed as having been unjustifiably incited by Speke's publisher to stimulate book sales. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see John Speke Buckland Brewer , Devon , England. Neston Park , Wiltshire , England. Cambridge Forecast Group Blog:.

Buckland Brewer. Retrieved 17 July