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CARTOGRAPHICAL QUANDARIES: THE LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION IN BURTON’S AND SPEKE’S SEARCH FOR THE SOURCE OF THE NILE ADRIAN S. WISNICKI LONDON I When he sighted the southern end of Lake Victoria on 3 August 1858, John Hanning Speke (1859b:397) realized that he had discovered the “source” of the White Nile, the most important tributary of the Nile proper, and so had “almost, if not entirely, solved a problem which it has been the first geo- graphical desideratum of many thousand years to ascertain, and
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