1995 East African Handbook

Hodd, Michael (Editor)


Book ID 109

See also

Hodd, Michael (Editor) 1995 East African Handbook, 1995

the great yarn lingers on

[But, the great yarn lingers on - even into 1995 ... ]

Whilst Germany and Britain were deciding the North boundary, Kaiser William I insisted that Mount Kilimanjaro should be German because it had been discovered by a German, John Rebmann. Queen Victoria generously 'gave' the mountain to her grandson, the future Kaiser William II on his birthday in 1886. Although no official record exists the Queen is supposed to have explained, by way of justification for her royal 'gift', that 'William likes everything that is high and big'. The boundary was thus moved so that Kilimanjaro is now found within Tanzania. As can be seen on the present map, instead of marking the boundary by pencilling it in with a ruler from the coast to Lake Victoria in one go, a freehand detour was made when the ruler hit the mountain, before carrying on again with the ruler and pencil on the far side

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