missionary in Africa, explorer and author.
In 1840 the London
Missionary Society sent David Livingstone to Bechuanaland, a region of
South Africa claimed by the British under colonialism.
Livingstone worked for ten years establishing mission stations. He then
undertook a series of journeys across Africa, exploring areas that Europeans
had never seen before. In his travels Livingstone recorded his observations
about the rivers, lands, and wildlife. Wherever possible, he evangelized
the people he met. Livingstone was appalled by the slave trade which had
devastated so many lands and peoples. To the London Missionary Society
he wrote, "Can the love of Christ not carry the missionary where the slave
trade carries the trader?" His book, Missionary Travels and Researches
in South Africa, made Livingstone's adventures legendary.