Ivory Ready to Ship, Mombasa, Africa

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Turn to a map of Africa and find the point where the Equator touches the eastern coast. Follow the coastline southward. Near the southern boundary of British East Africa you will find the city of Mombasa (mm-bä´ sä). The leading industry of Mombasa, and one of its important streets are shown in the view. The big building to the left is the store room of an American firm which handles hundreds of tons of ivory each year. One of the overseers of the shipping is standing in the doorway. Observe his hat and white suit. What do these tell you about the climate? The native African workmen are busy loading the trucks with ivory. These loaded trucks are our center of interest. We do not often think of an elephant's tusks as being so large as these are. Some tusks weigh as much as 250 pounds. The gathering of all these tusks would make many thrilling hunting stories, for hunting elephants is dangerous work. To the west of Mombasa lies the country of the upper Kongo River. What two great lakes are in this region? It is the land explored by Livingstone and Stanley. Here are found the wild elephants that are shot for their tusks. The tusks are carried miles overland to a railroad that runs from Lake Victoria to Mombasa. The truck loads of ivory you see in the picture are ready to go to a vessel in the harbor. They are then shipped to the United States or Europe. Antwerp is the best market for ivory. Ivory is made into handles, toilet articles, billiard balls, and ornaments of many kinds. Trace a cargo of ivory from Mombasa to Antwerp. Keystone ID: 17005 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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