Dark Continent

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Victorian nickname, referring to the fact that little was known in the West about the interior of the continent.

Proper noun[edit]

the Dark Continent

  1. (dated, informal) Africa.
    1879, De Lesseps, the engineer, has been visiting the Boy of Tunis, and trying to get his consent to the scheme for piercing tho isthmus of Zaber, and opening up communication with the interior of the Dark Continent by water.
    The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 1879
    1903 Africa is still the Dark Continent, the land of the unknown, the remarkable.
    The Advertiser Adelaide, 10 November 1903.