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It is also interesting to see the book in its historical perspective. King Solomons Mines, 1885, records European ignorance of and fascination with Africa, which was still partly (as Joseph Conrad later called it in Heart of Darkness) a blank area on the map: The source of the Nile had been discovered only two decades earlier; Henry Stanley and Richard Burton were still living, the memories of David Livingstone and John Speke were still fresh; and the Berlin Africa Conference was taking place just as the novel was going into print.
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