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‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’


Among the search parties that had been sent for him over the years, a Welsh-American journalist named Henry Stanley was pursuing the story. Livingstone was ill and had been forced to retreat south into Tanzania, and it was here in 1871 that Stanley found Livingstone and greeted him with his now-famous question. Stanley’s provisions enabled Livingstone to recover, and together they explored northeastern Tanzania. In March 1872, Stanley left for England, but Livingstone refused to go with him and made his way south, continuing his search for the source of the Nile.

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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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