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Today in History, Nov. 29

A photoportrait of Nikolai Przhevalsky from 1888. B. Clasen

143 years ago today, on Nov. 29, 1870, Nikolai Przhevalsky began his traveling career with a visit to Eastern Siberia. Once there, he made significant amendments to existing maps of the region and undertook a survey of the Ussuri River. Later, he would go onto Tibet and acquire a vast knowledge of Central and Eastern Asia.

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