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Crossing the Kalahari

1849

In 1849, Livingstone succeeded in crossing the Kalahari Desert with the help of William Cotton Oswell, reaching the shore of Lake Ngami in Botswana.

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David Livingstone

David Livingstone  was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, an explorer in Africa, and one of the most popular British heroes of the late 19th-century Victorian era. He had a mythical status that operated on a number of interconnected levels: Protestant missionary martyr, working-class “rags-to-riches” inspirational story,…

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