John Hanning Speke, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


John Hanning Speke

British military officer and explorer

Date of Birth: 04-May-1827

Place of Birth: Bideford, England, United Kingdom

Date of Death: 15-Sep-1864

Profession: writer, botanist, explorer

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About John Hanning Speke

  • John Hanning Speke (4 May 1827 – 15 September 1864) was an English explorer and officer in the British Indian Army who made three exploratory expeditions to Africa.
  • He is most associated with the search for the source of the Nile and was the first European to reach Lake Victoria.
  • He is also known for propounding the Hamitic hypothesis in 1863, in which he supposed that the Wahuma ethnic group were descendants of the biblical figure Ham, and had lighter skin and more Hamitic features than the Bantu over whom they ruled.

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