Dr David Livingstone (1813-1873)
African missionary and explorer
In late 1840 Dr David Livingstone was sent to South Africa by the London Missionary Society. He spent many years there, seeking to spread Christianity, promote trade, campaign against slavery and explore.
He was the first European to cross the continent of Africa, travelling from the West to the East coast. He was also the first European to see Victoria Falls, which he named in honour of his queen. By the time of his death there he had become a national hero.
His reputation was greatly enhanced by the popularity of his books 'Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa' (1857) and 'Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi' (1865).
'Missionary travels' was beautifully illustrated and written in an engaging and informed style. It was phenomenally successful; the first print of 12,000 copies was sold out before publication and went on to several reprints and editions.
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NRA name: Livingstone David (1813-1873), explorer and missionary.
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