Life and African Explorations of David Livingstone

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During his travels as a missionary, David Livingstone beheld many previously unknown wonders of the African interior. He put Victoria Falls and Lake Ngami on the map, and was the first white man to cross the African continent. Diaries, reports and letters are combined to create a wonderful narration of Livingstone's travels in a widely unknown continent. Included in this harrowing tale is Livingstone's narrow escape from a lion's wrath, his negotiations with an African chief, and his account of the Portuguese slave traders brutally punishing slaves after their attempt to escape. The Life and African Explorations of Livingstone also reveals Livingstone's deeply-rooted Christian beliefs and the strength he took from them, strength that allowed him to live and thrive amid the hardships of equatorial Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

The Explorers Journal
David Livingstone (1813-1873), a London missionary, became the first European to cross the African continent. In Africa, he established mission clinics and did what he could to fight the barbarity of slave trade. The chronicles of his travels have become a classic in exploration literature. This reprint, a copy of the 1876 edition, reproduces the prints and maps of the original.
Library Journal
This reprint of the original 1876 edition contains Livingstone's full report on his travels through Africa, including lithographic illustrations, facsimiles of notebooks, plus diary entries, letters, and more. As a missionary, Livingstone was the first white man to trek across the continent and record details of the inhabitants as well as the unique flora and fauna. More than an explorer, Livingstone battled the export of natives as slaves while trying to spread Christianity.
The subtitle continues: </ detailed in his diary, reports, and letters, including his famous last journals; with maps and numerous illustrations./> It is unlikely that all of the 1874 volume, of which this is a reprint, was indeed penned by Livingstone himself, as it recounts events Livingstone couldn't have witnessed, including his own funeral procession. According to the publisher of the original volume, the text was compiled from his writings; and the publishers of this edition did not add material evaluating the text in any way. The text describes Livingstone's travels in Africa in a moderately sensationalist style typical for the period of publication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815412083
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 327,928
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873) discovered numerous African landmarks, including Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls. He lived for years as a missionary in Africa and was a famous opponent of slavery. Christopher Hibbert is the author of Agincourt and Wolfe at Quebec.

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Table of Contents

Ch. I Introductory
Ch. II Biographical Sketch of Livingstone
Ch. III Missionary Life in Southern Africa
Ch. IV Livingstone's First and Second Journeys into the Interior
Ch. V From Cape Town to Loanda
Ch. VI Across the Continent
Ch. VII Dr. Livingstone in England
Ch. VIII Livingstone's Second (and Present) Expedition to Africa
Ch. IX The Herald Expedition of Search
Ch. X Henry M. Stanley
Ch. XI Mr. Stanley in Africa
Ch. XII The Meeting of Livingstone and Stanley
Ch. XIII Livingstone and Stanley in Africa
Ch. XIV Livingstone and Stanley in Africa
Ch. XV Dr. Livingstone Still in Africa
Ch. XVI Intelligence of the Success of the Herald Enterprise
Ch XVII Mr. Stanley's Reception in Europe
Ch. XVIII The Slave Trade of East Africa
Ch. XIX The Animal Kingdom of Africa
Ch. XX African Trees and Vegetation
Ch. XXI The Desert of Sahara
Ch. XXII Geology of Africa - Antiquity of Man
Ch. XXIII The Results of the Explorations in Africa
Ch. XXIV The Last Journey, and the Death of Dr. Livingstone
Ch. XXV The Corpse Borne to England and Laid in Westminster Abbey
Ch. XXVI The Last Letters of Dr. Livingstone
Ch. XXVII Livingstone's Last Journal
Ch. XXVIII Resting at Unyanyembe
Ch. XXIX The Start from Unyanyembe
Ch. XXX The March Towards Bangweolo
Ch. XXXI Coasting Along Lake Bangweolo
Ch. XXXII Last Illness and Death of Dr. Livingstone
Ch. XXXIII The Body Brought Home
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