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Death

1873

In May 1873, David Livingstone’s servants found him dead, kneeling at his bed as if in prayer, in Chitambo, Zambia. After his viscera were removed and buried in Africa, his body was transported to the coast and from there to England where it was buried in Westminster Abbey on 18 April 1874.

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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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