http://ow.ly/bk2B30o6NGq David Livingstone was born #OTD March 19, 1813.
A Scottish Doctor of Medicine, a #Christian #missionary and an explorer.
Born in #Blantyre, #Lanarkshire in #Scotland, by ten he was working in a cotton factory on the banks of the River #Clyde.
However, by 1840 he had qualified as a Licentiate of the Faculty (now Royal College) of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
He joined the #LondonMissionarySociety training course.
He felt compelled to map the course of the #Zambezi river.
The first European to view them, Livingstone named the VictoriaFalls after #QueenVictoria. Livingstone made a transcontinental journey across #Africa in 1854 to 1856 from #Luanda on the Atlantic to #Quelimane on the Indian Ocean near the mouth of the Zambezi. Apparently lost in Africa, American journalist and explorer, Henry Stanley determined to 'find' the 'lost' doctor. Stanley 'found' Livingstone near Lake Tanganika in October 1871, uttering the famous phrase "Dr Livingstone I presume?"
Dr Livingstone had not been lost and, with fresh supplies provided by Stanley, continued his search for the source of the Nile.
He died in May of 1873 from #malaria and dysentery-related internal bleeding.
His servants removed his heart and buried it under a tree at the spot where he died. Livingstone's body was repatriated to Britain and buried in #WestminsterAbbey. Although renowned as an explorer and missionary, his own view about his life's work is best summed up in a reference to his campaign against the Arab #slavetrade. Writing to the #NewYorkHerald, he said: "And if my disclosures regarding the terrible Ujijian slavery should lead to the suppression of the East Coast slave trade, I shall regard that as a greater matter by far than the discovery of all the Nile sources together." Today's photo is an antique print published by the Illustrated London News in 1872 courtesy of Frontispiece Ltd.