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Geographical Notes

    Naturevolume 32pages554555 (1885) | Download Citation



    ACCORDING to the report by Lieut. Wissmann on his last exploration in the Congo region, the Lower Kassai constitutes a magnificent fluvial artery, frequently of enormous breadth, and leads without obstacle into the heart of the new Congo State. Between the station of Kwamouth and the confluent of the Lulua and above the station of Luluaburg the Kassai, with a breadth of about 600 kilometres, is everywhere open for navigation. It runs through a country of wonderful fertility, presenting alternately plains and virgin forests, and inhabited by a dense population. With about one exception the travellers have been received everywhere with eagerness by peaceable tribes, all disposed to trade. During the forty-two days employed in the voyage from Luluaburg to Kwamouth the health of the expedition was excellent. There was no loss of life, except that two natives were drowned in the rapids of the Lulua. The five white men and the 200 Negroes of the Expedition arrived all in good health at Léopoldville on July 16.

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