David Livingstone Essay

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David Livingstone was one of the most revered and respected African explorers of his time. He spent almost 30 years exploring a region little known to the outside world. He often put ambition before family and his own personal health in his quest to open the interior of Africa to “Civilization, Christianity, and
Commerce.';(Hollett 236) Through his daring explorations into the unknown, he discovered and documented many new landmarks inside the dark continent, and at times became obsessed with his determination to find a single source of the Nile. He had a major impact on later expeditions into central Africa. .
Livingstone was born to a poor Scottish family in 1813. Starting at age ten,
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In 1841, at the age of 27, Livingstone sailed to Africa. After spending a month in Cape Town with the London Missionary Society Secretary of South Africa,
Livingstone sailed to Algoa Bay. He then trekked 125 miles over land to a missionary camp to wait for Dr. Robert Moffat, a Scottish born missionary who had worked there for over 20 years. Livingstone was deeply disappointed in the mission, a small and very unkempt village. Despite Moffat’s years of work, only a few natives had converted and most of those had done so for material reasons.
The thought of working at the mission for so long with nothing to show for it dismayed Livingstone. At the first opportunity he made excursions to the north with another missionary looking for a site for another mission. A new site was found near a region called Mabotsa. Once the mission had been established,
Livingstone found the people of the region to be unresponsive to Christian teachings, and began to realize the enormous difficulties of missionary work.
After being attacked by a lion near Mabotsa, which severely damaged his right shoulder and inflicted a wound that would trouble him throughout his life,
Livingstone returned to the main mission operated by Robert Moffat. Once there he married the Moffat’s eldest daughter, Mary. The

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