David Livingstone was a Scottish physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary with the London Missionary Society, an explorer in Africa. Livingstone explored the African interior, particularly the Zambezi River between 1852-1856. It was during this expedition that he became the first European to witness the Victoria Falls.[1]

David Livingstone
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Born 19 March 1813
Blantyre, Scotland
Died 1 May 1873
Occupation physician, Congregationalist, and pioneer Christian missionary ,explorer
Organization London Missionary Society


Background

David Livingstone was Born in the mill town of Blantyre Scotland and arrived in Africa in 1840 at the age of 27 as a missionary and physician. He spent most of the remainder of his life on the continent, his exploits making him the most famous explorer of the century. An encounter with a lion in 1843 cost Livingstone the use of David Livingstone his left arm.


In 1866, Livingstone set out at the head of an expedition charged with the task of finding the headwaters of the Nile River. His lack of contact with the outside world over a period of four years raised concerns for his welfare and prompted the New York Herald to send Henry Stanley to find Livingstone.


Education

Livingstone attended Blantyre village school After reading the appeal by Gutzlaff for medical missionaries for China in 1834, he began saving money and entered Anderson's College, Glasgow in 1836 (now University of Strathclyde), founded to bring science and technology to ordinary folk and attended Greek and theology lectures at the University of Glasgow.

References

  1. Livingstone Discovers Victoria Falls, 1855, retrieved: 22 Nov 2018