National Geographic : 1913 Feb
A SALT HEAP AT BENGHAZI Benghazi, the second city in Italy's new African possession, is a town with more inhabitants than Tripoli, thecapital oftheTripolitana. Itis the terminal point of a great caravan route between the Central Sahara and the sea. In the vicinity are great saltmarshes, theproduce ofwhich is brought day by day into the city on camel back and deposited in one of the large squares. In the course ofayear these saltpiles grow tothe height shown in the picture before being prepared for export. Benghazi also does a very considerabletrade inostrich feathers, which are brought by caravan from Central Africa. The inhabitants are Berbers, but Italians and Jews are numerous.