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Interactive map of how Stanley found Livingstone

Interactive map of how Stanley found Livingstone

Created by JohnnyFive on 15/04/2014
Updated on 15/04/2014
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In this documentary, in the form of a Google Map, tracks the 1871 adventures of journalist Henry Morton Stanley on his search to find Dr. David Livingstone. The locations plotted are based on Stanley's book How I found Livingstone: Travels, Adventures and Discoveries in Central Africa, which is available to read online. Thus, you can read Stanley's book while you zoom in on locations of his daily activities. Such as the crossing the grassy bridge at Lake Sagara (shown below), or the areas like West Mvumi where Stanley followed the ancient Arab ivory and slave trading routes vs. where he blazed his own trail through the wilderness along the Mpokwa River. Or wading through the mosquito infested marshes of the Makata Valley. His book is an excellent example of journalistic writing involving native wars, sickness, the slavery, big game hunting, egos and cultural differences. Written from Stanley's unique and somewhat distorted viewpoint, it makes for some very captivating reading.


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