Born: Shuttle Row, Blantyre.
Began work as a piecer in the Blantyre Cotton Works
Started medical training at Anderson’s Institute
Applied to the London Missionary Society (LMS) to become a missionary
Left for Africa
Arrived in Africa; Travels to Kuruman; Settled with the Bakwain- learns their language (Setswana); Attacked by a lion (1844 ); Married Mary Moffat (1845).
The Trans-Africa expedition: first European to cross from one coast to the other, a journey of 4000+ miles.
Time in the UK. Published Missionary Travels and became a celebrity, lecture tours, ha tea with the Queen, mobbed in London.
The Zambezi Expedition. The only time Livingstone leads an expedition of Europeans – relationships quickly become strained, in part because of the difficulty of their circumstances- they were stuck in a malarial region for much of the time & in part because the others couldn’t keep up with Livingstone’s “work ethic”.
Expedition is recalled so Livingstone returned home. He spends much of the time planning and fund raising for his 3rd and final expedition, and writing his memoirs.
Died at Chitambo in modern-day Zambia, Buried Westminster Abbey.