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Dark Continent, The

noun
1.
Africa: so called, especially during the 19th century, because little was known about it.
Origin of Dark Continent, The
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • Then he pointed the prow of the Black Hawk toward the heart of the dark continent.

  • Nothing but the Vicariate of the whole of the dark continent for this young man.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • "I guess that must be the dark continent," he said with a laugh.

  • And so, little by little, the sun rises upon the dark continent.

  • He went over to a bookcase in a corner of the office, returning a moment later with a large cloth map of the dark continent.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • Precisely how rich in minerals the dark continent is, remains to be proved.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • We can, if we will, inaugurate on the dark continent a last great crusade for humanity.

    Darkwater W. E. B. Du Bois
  • Men call it the "dark continent" because so little has been known of it.

  • During their passage occurred one of the most thrilling scenes in all this long journey through the dark continent.

    Stanley in Africa James P. Boyd
  • The name "dark continent" has been most aptly applied to Africa.

British Dictionary definitions for dark continent

Dark Continent

noun
1.
the Dark Continent, a term for Africa when it was relatively unexplored
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