Dr. David Livingstone - Abolitionist from Scotland

A late-nineteenth-century hero from Scotland, Dr. David Livingstone was an explorer-physician who worked hard to end the slave trade in southeastern Africa. 

When Europeans had not heard from Livingstone in several years, Henry Morton Stanley was sent by the owners of the New York Herald to find the presumably missing man. 

Stanley, and members of his expedition, located Dr. Livingstone in Ujiji - near Lake Tanganyika (part of present-day Tanzania) - on the 10th of November, 1871.

Stanley reportedly greeted Livingstone with these now-famous words: 

Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

Two-and-a-half years later, Dr. Livingstone died - in early May, 1873 - of malaria and internal-bleeding (related to dysentary).  He was 60 years old. 

After his death, in present-day Zambia, his devoted African helpers - Chuma and Susi - carried Livingstone's body to Bagamoyo (in present-day Tanzania) where it was released to British authorities. 

Dr. Livingstone's remains are interred at Westminster Abbey - except for his heart which remained in Africa, buried under a tree near the spot where he died.

See, also:

"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?"

Media Credits

Clip - from "Who was Livingstone?" - aired by the Travel Channel in 1999.  Copyright, Travel Channel, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

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