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In our travels we sailed through the Suez Canal, which cuts Africa off from Asia and makes of it an island continent; down the Red Sea where Pharaoh and his army were drowned; through the Gulf of Aden; down the Indian Ocean; through Page 10 the Mozambique Channel, which separates Africa and the island of Madagascar; around Cape Good Hope, where the winds and the waves have made it very dangerous for us; up the South Atlantic Ocean; through the Gulf of Guinea; into the Atlantic again, and through the Strait of Gibraltar.
And now we start up the west coast passing German Southwest Africa, Angola, French Congo, Kamerun, Nigeria, Dahomey, Ashanti, French West Africa, Liberia, Sierra Leone, French and Portuguese Guinea, British Gambia, Rio de Ora, and so back to the Barbary States and Egypt.
All single right and left quotation marks are encoded as ' and ' respectively. All kinds of vegetation flourish in this tropical country; swamps and jungles abound, especially in central Africa, and its mountains are covered with dense forests.
All em dashes are encoded as -- Indentation in lines has not been preserved. Spell-check and verification made against printed text using Author/Editor (Soft Quad) and Microsoft Word spell check programs. The climate which is very hot and enervating makes travelling quite unpleasant aside from the other drawbacks, and so, for hundreds of years very few serious attempts were made to find out just what kind of country Africa really was.
In the northeastern part of Africa we see Egypt, moving westward we come to what are called the Barbary States--Tripoli, Fezzan, Tunis and Morocco.
As vast as is the United States, the continent of Africa contains more than three times as many square miles.
Text scanned (OCR) by Sarah Reuning Images scanned by Sarah Reuning Text encoded by Christopher Hill and Natalia Smith First edition, 1999 ca. The few underground springs scattered here and there, sustain grass and bushes as far around them as their moisture reaches.
400K Academic Affairs Library, UNC-CH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999. These green and fertile spots are called oases and they are the only places in the desert where men and beasts can obtain rest and refreshment.
As you know, a desert is a large tract of land where the ground is sandy, patched and dry and where rain seldom or never falls.
I am fully aware that such opportunities should have insured a better book, but I earnestly hope that the motive which prompts me may cause the shortcomings and imperfections of the work to be forgiven. The Congo, the Niger, and the Nile are the three great rivers of Africa; the Nile, wonderful and mysterious, comes up out of the central part of the continent through Egypt and empties into the Mediterranean Sea.
I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to the following authors: Hereen (Historical Researches), Edmund D. Though long it is at ordinary times but a narrow river, yet every year it overflows its banks flooding the surrounding country; but it is a kindly flood for it fertilizes the soil and the prosperity of each successive season depends upon "Father Nile." The Niger flows through the northwestern part of Africa and the Congo through the southwestern part.
Below these lies the Soudan, farther Page 11 south and crossed by the Equator is the Congo Free State, which is anything but free; while still farther south we find Matabele and the Transvaal.
Looking again at the map we see just below the northern countries and stretching from east to west almost the entire width of the continent, the Sahara and Libyan deserts--the greatest in the world.
There are many deserts in Africa but the Sahara is the greatest of them all.