E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Teneo te, Africa (I take possession of thee, O Africa). When Cæsar landed at Adrumtum, in Africa, he tripped and fella bad omen; but, with wonderful presence of mind, he pretended that he had done so intentionally, and kissing the soil, exclaimed, Thus do I take possession of thee, O Africa. Told also of Scipio. (See Don Quixote, Pt. II. Bk. vi. ch. 6.)
Africa semper aliquid novi affert. Africa is always producing some novelty. A Greek proverb quoted (in Latin) by Pliny, in allusion to the ancient belief that Africa abounded in strange monsters.