A Popular Account Of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition To The Zambesi By David Livingston
































































 -   We were forced to
admit, that according to native accounts, our previous impression of
the Zambesi's draining the country about - Page 460
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We Were Forced To Admit, That According To Native Accounts, Our Previous Impression Of The Zambesi's Draining The Country About Cazembe's Had Been A Mistake.

Their geographical opinions are now only stated, without any further comment than that the itinerary given by the Arabs

And others shows that the Loapula is twice crossed on the way to Cazembe's; and we may add that we have never found any difficulty from the alleged incapacity of the negro to tell which way a river flows.

The boiling-point of water showed a descent, from the edge of the plateau to our furthest point west, of 170 feet; but this can only be considered as an approximation, and no dependence could have been placed on it, had we not had the courses of the streams to confirm this rather rough mode of ascertaining altitudes. The slope, as shown by the watershed, was to the "Loangwa of the Maravi," and towards the Moitala, or south-west, west, and north-west. After we leave the feeders of Lake Nyassa, the water drains towards the centre of the continent. The course of the Kasai, a river seen during Dr. Livingstone's journey to the West Coast, and its feeders was to the north-east, or somewhat in the same direction. Whether the water thus drained off finds its way out by the Congo, or by the Nile, has not yet been ascertained. Some parts of the continent have been said to resemble an inverted dinner-plate. This portion seems more of the shape, if shape it has, of a wide-awake hat, with the crown a little depressed.

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