By: Jamie Valvano
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Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813, near Glasgow, Scotland,
and died on May 1, 1873. David was a Scottish Congregationalist as well as a
medical missionary. He was an explorer of Central Africa and became famous when
he was the first European to see Victoria Falls,
which he then renamed after his monarch, Queen Victoria.
reason for going was to open the routes through Africa,
and return with useful information about the continent. When David returned to Britain not
only did he write a book about his travels but he also resigned from the London
Missionary Society. Livingstone also returned to try to get support for his
ideas that Commerce, Civilization, and Christianity could be done with the
navigation of the Zambezi
River. He led the
expedition which lasted from March 1858 until the middle of 1864. The
expedition was cancelled by the government.
became ill and no one heard from him for six years, until he was found by Henry
Morton Stanley. David refused to leave Africa, and eventually died on May 1,
1873 from malaria on the southern shores of Lake Bangweulu.
His body was carried thousand of miles to be buried in Westminster Abbey.