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Title:The Okavango River: Charles John Andersson's search for a water route to the Atlantic
Author:Wilmsen, Edwin N.ISNI
Periodical:Journal - Namibia Scientific Society (ISSN 1018-7677)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:Namibia
Southern Africa
History, Archaeology
Okavango River
Discoveries in geography
Anderson, Charles John, 1827-1867
About person:Charles John Andersson (1827-1867)ISNI
Abstract:Charles John Andersson is justly credited with bringing the Cubango/Kavango/Okavango River to the attention of Europeans, following his discovery of it on 21 March 1859. But Frederick Green and Johan August Wahlberg had reached the river and reported on its existence before him. Green and Andersson were friends and business partners. They often carried out their explorations in tandem and their maps built upon each other's observations, as well as those of other explorers. Drawing on their diaries, unavailable until now, the present author reconstructs the successive refinements in geographical knowledge these men made in the 1850s and 1860s for both cartographic and commercial purposes, and renders Andersson's journey to the Okavango in definitive detail. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]