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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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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?
He showed her all the 'treasures' in the room, ivories, enamels, miniatures, all sorts of monstrosities from Japan, from India, from Timbuctoo .
Let him or her, take you from the first sentence, to Timbuctoo, Mars or the moon.
Timbuktu (also spelled Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo) is the home of the prestigious Koranic Sankore University and other madrasas, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Stodare's patter suggests a different set of more down to earth cultural references; the magician, having given the doll his money, says "you can now, if you wish, proceed on your tour to Algiers, or Dahomey, or Timbuctoo, or wherever the English travellers fancy at the present to resort" (442).
The nation couldn't give two hoots if the rugby players played in Timbuctoo so long as the best players available are chosen to represent our country.
For Henry the light and color of Matisse's odalisques "studded with malachite and jasper" summon fantasies of Proust's seafront at Balbec before they tip over into a great swelling imaginary movement through "Persia and India and China," "Kurd, Beluchistan, Timbuctoo, Somaliland, Angkor, Tierra del Fuego," until "white pigeons come to flutter and rut in the iceblue veins of the Himalayas" (169).
Though travelled, I have never had the luck to Trace up those shuffling negroes, Nile or Niger, To that impracticable place Timbuctoo, Where Geography finds no one to oblige her With such a chart as may be safely stuck to-- For Europe ploughs in Afric like 'bos piger But if I had been at Timbuctoo, there No doubt I should be told that black is fair.
If tomorrow a government in Timbuctoo decides to teach the Bible as the source of biotechnology, the theory of mutation, satyagraha, warfare, sorcery, test-tube baby etc, I will devote a whole column to condemn it.
Yes, women face a lot of problems in Yemen like everywhere else, whether in New York or Timbuctoo.