Wednesday, March 9

Lake Bangweulu

The New York Public Library has gobs of digital images online. It's great.

One excellent image, "The traveller Giraud amid the reeds of Lake Bangweolo," by Elisee Reclus, depicts several Africans (and what appears to be a single European) traveling by boat through a swamp. The surrounding reeds are four times the size of the men.

It's an interesting illustration, because it sheds light on what Europeans must've thought about Africa at the time (1892). It's no wonder Africa was called the Dark Continent; after all, it was a mysterious, foreboding, almost supernatural place.