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Central Sub-Saharan Africa

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Rene-Auguste Caillie
René-Auguste Caillié
became the first European to travel to Timbuktu and return safely, in 1827. Expecting to find a city of great wealth, he found "a mass of ill-looking houses, built of earth" instead.
John Hanning Speke
John Hanning Speke
was part of an expedition that searched for the source of the Nile River. During that expedition, he became the first European to see Lake Victoria, which he incorrectly assumed was the Nile's source.
Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika
is 418 miles long, making it the longest lake in the world. With a maximum depth of 4,280 feet, it is the second deepest lake in the world. With a surface area of 12,700 square miles, Lake Tanganyika is the fifth largest in the world in that metric.
Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria
has a surface area of 26,828 square miles, making it the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
Ruanda-Urundi
Ruanda-Urundi
became part of German EastAfrica in 1899, a Belgian mandate in 1923, a Belgian trusteeship in 1946, and the independent nations of Rwanda and Burundi in 1962.
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