Timbuctoo


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prop. n.1.A city on the southern edge of the Sahara, in central Africa, some nine miles from the Niger. It is about three miles around, and was formerly surrounded by a clay wall. Timbuctoo has a large caravan trade, gold dust being the most important export. The people are negroes, Tuariks, Mandingoes, Arabs, Foolahs, etc. The city was founded in the 12th century, but was first seen by a white man in 1826. Timbuctoo now belongs to France, and a railroad is proposed to connect Algiers, Timbuctoo and Senegambia. Population, 13,000 (1893), greatly increased during the trading season from November to January.
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He showed her all the 'treasures' in the room, ivories, enamels, miniatures, all sorts of monstrosities from Japan, from India, from Timbuctoo .
On the 25th of November, 1852, after the death of Overweg, his last companion, he plunged into the west, visited Sockoto, crossed the Niger, and finally reached Timbuctoo, where he had to languish, during eight long months, under vexations inflicted upon him by the sheik, and all kinds of ill-treatment and wretchedness.
At college Tennyson won the chancellor's prize for a poem on Timbuctoo, and the following year he published a second little volume of poems.
And once when he was speaking of the benighted condition of the king of Timbuctoo, and the number of his wives who were likewise in darkness, some gipsy miscreant from the crowd asked, "How many is there at Queen's Crawley, Young Squaretoes?
Yes, women face a lot of problems in Yemen like everywhere else, whether in New York or Timbuctoo.
On the power of "heroic" explorer testimony see Michael Heffeman, "'A Dream as Frail as those of Ancient Time': The In-credible Geographies of Timbuctoo," Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 19 (2001), pp.
If you've just flown in from Timbuctoo then you might be fooled into thinking there is a title race going on just now in the SPL but there isn't.
A 15th century Malian proverb proclaims: OSalt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuctoo.
A 15th century Malian proverb proclaims: "Salt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuctoo.
Within his description of Timbuktu, the trans-Saharan trading town which flourished from the fourteenth century, he stated that "the coin of Timbuctoo is of gold without any stamp or superscription" (Brown 1896: 825).
The ground with its new name (still can't bear to write it) could be in Timbuctoo.
Newcastle Brown Ale is a product that will survive, if it is brewed in Tadcaster or Timbuctoo," he said.