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The Last Blank Spaces

Exploring Africa and Australia

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$31.00 • £26.95 • €28.95

ISBN 9780674503861

Publication Date: 03/23/2015


368 pages

15 halftones, 2 maps, 1 table


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  • List of Maps and Illustrations*
  • 1. Continents
  • 2. Sciences
  • 3. Professionals
  • 4. Gateways
  • 5. Logistics
  • 6. Intermediaries
  • 7. Encounters
  • 8. Celebrities
  • Epilogue
  • Comparative Timeline of African and Australian Expeditions
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * Maps and Illustrations:
    • Map of Africa
    • Map of Australia
    • Emanuel Bowen, “A New and Accurate Map of Africa” (1747)
    • Aaron Arrowsmith, “Africa” (1802)
    • Emanuel Bowen, “A Complete Map of the Southern Continent” (1744)
    • Francis Galton
    • John Hanning Speke
    • Ernest Giles and the members of his 1875 expedition
    • Tippu Tip
    • Camels as transport for the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition
    • “Speke’s Faithfuls”
    • Charley Fisher and Harry Brown
    • Henry Morton Stanley and Kalulu
    • Richard Lander
    • Speke and Grant at the court of Mutesa
    • Crowd greeting John McDouall Stuart and his party
    • Melbourne’s vast funeral procession for Robert O’Hara Burke and William Wills

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