Livingstone, David, 1813-1873

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Birth 1813-03-19
Death 1873-05-01

Biographical notes:

Epithet: African explorer

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000443.0x00031a

Scottish missionary and explorer.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Claremont, Mauritius, to Captain L.W. Peyton of H.M.S. "Frolic", 1856 Sept. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270590502

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kuruman (Bechuana country, South Africa), to [R.N.] Hayward, in Ramsgate, 1841 Dec. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270590718

Missionary, explorer; born, 1813; sent by London Missionary Society to South Africa, 1840; began well-known four year, six thousand mile journey, 1852; led expedition of Zambezi region which included discovery of Victoria Falls, 1857; died, 1873.

From the description of Letter of David Livingstone, 1858. (Wheaton College). WorldCat record id: 31743364

David Livingstone (1813-1873), Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa. His career can be split into four distinct parts: the early missionary explorations during which he travelled into the Kalahari region, discovered Lake Ngami, and demonstrated that the Kalahari could be crossed by oxen and wagons (1841-1849); the expedition from Angola to Mozambique during which he discovered and named the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River (1850-1856); the explorations along the Zambezi River (1858-1864); and his unsuccessful search for the source of the Nile River during which he disappeared but was found in 1871 by Henry Morton Stanley on Lake Tanganyika (1866-1873).

From the guide to the The Royal Atlas of Modern Geography by A.K. Johnston containing a map annotated by David Livingstone, 1865, (The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House)

Scottish missionary and explorer in Africa.

From the description of Letter, 1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80766228


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