Wednesday, December 8

The fascinating history of the Kong Mountains, the nonexistent mountain range that appeared on maps for a century

  • Pablo Esparza
  • Special for BBC News World


The nonexistent Kong Mountains appear on many old African maps.

The summits of the Kong Mountains touched the sky and, according to some testimonies, they remained covered with snow for much of the year despite being in the tropics.

From the late 18th century and through much of the 19th century, this imposing mountain range featured prominently in much of the maps of Africa, showing it as an impassable barrier in the west of the continent capable of diverting the course of rivers.

But those mountains that for decades were considered real and fed the imagination of European geographers and travelers nor exist

Nor did they exist, of course, when they appeared on the maps.

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