Wednesday, January 5

"I Am A Missionary, Heart And Soul"

Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873), a Scotsman determined to uncover Africa's secrets, explored much of the southern half of the continent. Credited as the first white man to see Victoria Falls, he explored much of Africa's interior.

He was more than just an explorer, though: he was a doctor who cared for indigenous peoples; he crusaded against the slave trade; he learned the languages of and lived among the tribes he met; and, most important to him, he introduced Christianity to Africa.

For his time, he was a major celebrity, thanks to his writing. After several years without contact, the American journalist Henry Stanley ventured to Africa in search of him. After a year, Stanley found him and asked the now-famous (and ironic) question: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

Livingstone died in mid-prayer; he was found the following morning, still kneeling at his bedside. There are plenty of extracts about Livingstone available on the web. However, to get a more thorough account of his life, try crawfurd.dk or hornpipe.com.

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