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Second Zambezi expedition

1858 - 1863

Livingstone set sail in March 1858 for Africa to lead a team of six Europeans to evaluate the potential for British trade on the Zambezi river. Their investigation soon revealed the impassability of the Cabora Bassa rapids, and Livingstone had to explore other rivers. His expedition lasted five years until it was recalled in 1863.

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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