The 18th Century Search for the Blue Nile

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ExtinctDodoBird.jpg
Anonymous artwork of the Dodo Bird circa 1880 from a facsimile of a1626 painting by Roelant Savery.

Lake Tana.jpg
A photo of Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and the largest lake in Ethiopia.

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Engraving of James Bruce

Axum Obelisk.jpg
Photograph of the Stone Obelisk located in the Ethiopian city of Axum.

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Bruce Travels Cover.jpg
Title Page for James Bruce's Travel Narrative

Cabinet_of_Curiosities_1690s_Domenico_Remps copy.jpg
This painting depicts a cabinet of curiosity, as it would have appeared in the 17th and 18th centuries. One notable feature is the presence of red coral in the cabinet. Red coral, native to the Caribbean, was immensely popular to the European…

Hodges,_Resolution_and_Adventure_in_Matavai_Bay.jpg
This painting depicts two of James Cook's vessels at Matavai Bay, on the island of Tahiti. The painting also includes same native Tahitians with their fishing boats.

Hodges,_Resolution_and_Adventure_in_Matavai_Bay.jpg
This painting depicts two of James Cook's vessels at Matavai Bay, on the island of Tahiti. The painting also includes same native Tahitians with their fishing boats.

Hodges,_Resolution_and_Adventure_in_Matavai_Bay.jpg
This painting depicts two of James Cook's vessels at Matavai Bay, on the island of Tahiti. The painting also includes same native Tahitians with their fishing boats.

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Bruce's plate of Papyrus
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