David Livingstone Research Paper

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David Livingstone was a missionary to the African natives and a famous explorer who traveled all over the African continent. He was born on march 19th, 1893 to Neil and Agnes Livingstone. They lived in the town of Blantyre located in Scotland. As a child, David loved nature and in his spare time would explore the countryside looking for different types of plants and animals. He also read many scientific books. His father, who was a very strong Christian, read many theological books. He was nervous that the books of science that David read were undermining the Christian beliefs, so because of his concerns, he tried to make his son read only books of theology. Even though his father was very persistent, David's love for science would not be diminished. …show more content…
He then decided to go to South Africa. He was influenced to go by Robert Moffat, who was a missionary to South Africa and a part of the London Missionary Society. He told David of his vision for missions work in Africa. These ideas had a great influence on David's decision to work in Africa.
T.F. Buxton also played a part in David's decision to go. Buxton believed that if Christianity was spread throughout Africa, it could help abolish the awful slave trade that happened there. David Livingstone moved from mission to mission for various reasons. He then decided to travel all across Africa and explore places that no European had ever seen before. He thought this was the best way to spread the gospel to the natives that lived there. He would share the gospels with those he came in contact with, along with trading with them and mapping that specific area of the country. During his journeys, he found the Mosi-oa-Tunya Waterfall which he renamed Victoria falls after Queen Victoria. Although Livingstone wanted to spread the message of the gospel, his main intention for exploration was to abolish slavery in Africa. He wanted to find routes for commercial trade hoping that doing this would offer an alternative to slave trade. He published writing, hoping the people who read them would join the fight against slavery. Unfortunately David Livingstone never saw that happen.

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