(10 Nov. 1871) ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’

10 November, 1871: Henry Morton Stanley greets David Livingstone at Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, with the immortal words “Dr Livingstone, I presume?


David Livingstone had first gone to Africa in 1840 with two goals: to explore the continent and to end the slave trade. In 1864 he had returned there with the objective of discovering the source of the Nile River. But the explorer seemed to have disappeared

.By 1871 the publisher of the New York Herald,  commissioned  newspaper reporter Henry Stanley to find Livingstone. He was as a Welsh-American journalist and explorer, who lead an expedition of approximately 200 men. He headed into the interior from the eastern shore of Africa and after nearly eight months he found Livingstone in Ujiji, a small village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika on November 10, 1871, where he greeted him  with the now famous words “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”


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