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Consultation of African Anglican Francphones meeting in Bujumbura visit the Livingstone- Stanley meeting site
June 17, 2009

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] 

David Livingstone

Born 19 March 1813(1813-03-19)
Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died 1 May 1873 (aged 60)
near Lake Bangweulu, Zambia
Cause of death Malaria & dysentery
Resting place The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster
5129′58″N 007′39″W / 51.499444N 0.1275W / 51.499444; -0.1275
Nationality British
Known for Exploration of Central Africa
Title Dr. Livingstone
Religious beliefs Congregationalist

David Livingstone (19 March 18131 May 1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and explorer in Central Africa. He was the first European to see Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya), to which he gave the English name in honour of his monarch, Queen Victoria. His meeting with H. M. Stanley gave rise to the popular quotation, "Dr Livingstone, I presume?"

Perhaps one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone had a mythic status, which operated on a number of interconnected levels: that of Protestant missionary martyr, that of working-class "rags to riches" inspirational story, that of scientific investigator and explorer, that of imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of commercial empire.

His fame as an explorer helped drive forward the obsession with discovering the sources of the River Nile that formed the culmination of the classic period of European geographical discovery and colonial penetration of the African continent. At the same time his missionary travels, "disappearance" and death in Africa, and subsequent glorification as posthumous national hero in 1874 led to the founding of several major central African Christian missionary initiatives carried forward in the era of the European "Scramble for Africa."[1]