The Royal Atlas of Modern Geography by A.K. Johnston containing a map annotated by David Livingstone

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Scope and Content

The Royal Atlas of Modern Geographyby Alexander Keith Johnston. Map 37 shows pencil annotations made by David Livingstone showing his route westwards from the coast and south of Lake Tanganyika.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Livingstone (1813-1873), Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa. His career can be split into four distinct parts: the early missionary explorations during which he travelled into the Kalahari region, discovered Lake Ngami, and demonstrated that the Kalahari could be crossed by oxen and wagons (1841-1849); the expedition from Angola to Mozambique during which he discovered and named the Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River (1850-1856); the explorations along the Zambezi River (1858-1864); and his unsuccessful search for the source of the Nile River during which he disappeared but was found in 1871 by Henry Morton Stanley on Lake Tanganyika (1866-1873).

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Note

Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to Encyclopaedia Britannicaand the Dictionary of National Biography .

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Listed as no. 26 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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