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David Livingstone

David Livingstone

Missionary and explorer

Doctor, missionary and one of the first to explore the Dark Continent, Livingstone was a 19th-century hero. He explored and mapped much of central Africa, discover­ing the Victoria Falls in 1855. He ultimately abandoned his missionary work in favour of exploration. He also became a vehement anti-slavery campaigner, having wit­nessed the horrors of the slave-trade first-hand. He was presumed lost on his final trip, to find the source of the Nile, and only found by investigative reporter H. M. Stanley of the New York Herald; Stanley’s first words, ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’, have passed into history. Livingstone would not be persuaded to leave Africa and he died the following year. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.