Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries

Narrative of an Expedition to the Zambesi and its Tributaries : And of the Discovery of the Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa: 1858-64

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The success of the Victorian explorer and missionary David Livingstone's first book, Missionary Travels (1857), led to his receiving government funding in 1858 for an expedition up the Zambezi River. The trip was expected to last two years, and was intended to further commercial and scientific as well as missionary aims. However, owing to internal disagreements, illness (including the death of Livingstone's wife), drought and tribal warfare, the explorers' mission took six and a half years and achieved little apart from collecting plant and geological specimens. The upper reaches of the Zambesi proved unnavigable owing to rapids and waterfalls, and the expedition was recalled. This account, published in 1865 by Livingstone (1813-1873) and his younger brother Charles, who had accompanied him, was in part an attempt to excuse the problems which had beset the expedition, and restore Livingstone's reputation in order to gain backing for further ventures.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 34 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139034510
  • 9781139034517

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Concealment of mouths of Zambesi by Portuguese; 2. Meet Makololo; 3. Native musicians; 4. Third trip up the Shire; 5. Manganja highlands; 6. Return to vessel; 7. Start to take Makololo home; 8. Chicova; 9. Tette grey sandstone and coal; 10. Zumbo; 11. Mission to Moselekatse; 12. Mosi-oa-tunya; 13. Servitude of interior; 14. The Makololo; 15. Departure from Sesheke; 16. Moemba; 17. Down to Kongone; 18. The 'Pioneer'; 19. Start again for Nyassa; 20. Napoleon III; 21. Connivance of Governor-General in slave-trade; 22. Quillimane; 23. Start for upper cataracts of Shire; 24. Our English sailors; 25. Kota-kota Bay; 26. Reasons for returning; 27. Resemblance of African hunters to Egyptian figures; 28. Rest of tropical trees; 29. Results of expedition.
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