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Final expedition


In 1866, Livingstone returned to Africa to continue mapping waterways, searching for the continental watershed and the source of the Nile. Setting off from Zanzibar, Livingstone travelled further north and west than any European had done before, reaching the village of Nyangwe in the Congo. During the journey he faced many difficulties and desertions and the theft of his medical chest. Deserters, to avoid punishment, reported that he was dead, and although by the following year the European public knew this was not true, he remained lost in the heart of Africa until 1871.

Key people


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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