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OLD MAPS OF AFRICA

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    MR. STANLEY, in the paper which he read at the Geographical Society on Monday, spoke of Africa being brought to light after an oblivion of 6,000 years. Notwithstanding the somewhat confused phraseology, Mr. Stanley's meaning is clear enough: Central Africa, with its great lakes and rivers, is now known, he means to say, for the first time. But recent investigation seems to show that the oblivion of Africa must be counted by hundreds and not thousands of years; that, in fact, it is only within two or three centuries that a knowledge of Central Africa has been allowed to lapse. A more rigorous search may show that between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries the great features that have been placed on modern maps within the past few years were discovered and recorded on the maps of the time.

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