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Camels, Canoes and Timbuktu
exploring the history of a fabled city
by Geoffrey Clarfield (January 2012)
…is the rumour of Timbuctoo
A dream as frail as those of ancient Time?
---Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1829
In 1829 when Alfred Lord Tennyson was writing his poem on Timbuctoo as a student at Cambridge University, educated Europeans knew almost nothing about the history of sub-Saharan Africa, and even less about Timbuktu. more>>>