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The World and Its People: Book VII

Views in Africa

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Author: Anna B. Badlam
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 138,588 / 426 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.7
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 586
Added to site: 2011.07.23
mnybks.net#: 30480
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Science
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contour of a country, we wish to consider its general features, that we may call up a mental picture of it. You know how quickly you can recall an absent friend, if you are familiar enough with his form and features to make a clear mental photograph.

The best authors divide Africa, for convenience, into five different sections: first, the triangular-shaped region south of the Gulf of Guinea and Cape Guardafui; second, the great tract called Soudan, which lies north and northwest of this triangular plateau; third, the Sahara, or Great Desert, which stretches between the Soudan and the cultivated tract that borders the Mediterranean Sea; fourth, the Atlas region, which includes the mountainous countries of Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripoli; fifth, the region which borders on the Red Sea, and comprises Abyssinia, Nubia, and Egypt.

The first section is mostly a high table-land, with mountains fringing its edges. The Lupata range, which runs parallel wi

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