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  1. Speke, John Speke, John Hanning Speke(noun)

    English explorer who with Sir Richard Burton was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika; he also discovered Lake Victoria and named it (1827-1864)

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  1. John Hanning Speke

    John Hanning Speke was an officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa and who is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and the discovery and naming of Lake Victoria. He is also known for propounding the Hamitic hypothesis in 1863 - his writings are an example of scientific racism. In this hypothesis, he supposed that the Tutsi ethnic group were descendants of the Biblical figure, Ham, and had lighter skin and more “European” features than the Bantu-featured Hutu over whom they ruled.


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