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“Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, Travel on Saturday, 30 October 2010

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picture, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, David Livingstone

Sir Henry Stanley greets David Livingstone. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

10 November marks the anniversary of Sir Henry Morton Stanley’s uttering of one of the most famous phrases in history in 1871. After years of isolation in the wilderness of Central Africa, David Livingstone – whose disappearance had attracted the attention of the whole world – was finally tracked down by Stanley. “Dr. Livingtone, I presume?”, asked Stanley as he approached the legendary figure. Despite Stanley’s urgings, the Scottish explorer refused to leave Africa; soon he would press on in an attempt to discover the source of the Nile.

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