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Remarkable Facts

Egypt like other parts of Africa suffered from plague and cholera in the first half of the 19th century, with 200,000 people dying in 1835 alone.

One theory about the source of the Niger proposed that the river flowed into a great lake, where it evaporated like water in a sink.

The sister of King Leopold of Belgium became the Empress of Mexico. She went mad when her husband was executed by Mexican rebels.