For many years, the continent of Africa remained
unexplored and hence unknown. The main reason
was the inaccessibility to its interior region due to
dense forests, wild life, savage tribals, deserts and
barren solid hills. Many people tried to explore the
land but could not survive the dangers. David
Livingstone is among those brave few who not only
explored part of Africa but also lived among the tribals
bringing them near to social milieu. While others
explored with the idea of expanding their respective
empires, Livingstone did so to explore its vast and
mysterious hinterland, rivers and lakes. He was
primarily a religious man and a medical practitioner
who tried to help mankind with it.
Livingstone was born in Scotland and was
educated to become a doctor and a priest. His
exploration started at the beginning of the year 1852.
He explored an unknown river in Western Luanda.
However, he was reduced to a skeleton during four
years of travelling. By this time, he had become
famous and when he returned to England for
convalescing, entire London, along with Queen
Victoria the, turned to welcome him. After a few days,
he returned to Africa.
He discovered the origin of the River Nile in 1866.
He again suffered many discomforts. He became too
sick and could not even walk. He lost contact with
rest of the world that grew anxious to know his
whereabouts. Ultimately, it was Stanley, the American
journalist, who found him after many efforts, but
Livingstone had died in a tribal village in 1873. His
body was brought to London and buried in
Westminster with full honour.