He began life in Blantyre, a small town near Glasgow on the river Clyde where the cotton mill was the major employer. Like many locals, Livingstone entered the factory when he was ten years old, working as a piecer with the job of repairing threads broken during cotton spinning. Run by Monteith, Bogle and Co.
He attended the Andersonian Medical School in Glasgow while working in the mill for part of the year to support himself.
He was accepted for service by the London Missionary Society LMS and in went to London for theological training while continuing his medical studies there. He returned to Glasgow only to take his medical final exams.
A speech by Robert Moffathis future father-in-law, persuaded him that Africa was where he should serve.
After his ordination in London, he sailed for Cape Town and arrived in March He was determined to bring the gospel to the free peoples beyond the white-dominated south.
Inafter sending his family back to Scotland, he went north to Zambia and with Kololo companions walked west to Luanda on the coast of Angola. He then turned around and walked across Africa to Mozambique. On his return to Britain he was a national hero, and the sales from his Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa guaranteed security for his family for some time.
In March Livingstone embarked upon a government-backed expedition to introduce commerce, civilization, and Christianity to the lands of Zambezi River and Lake Malawi.
The expedition vastly increased geographical knowledge but was otherwise a disaster. But the Royal Geographical Society and a few loyal friends supported him and sent him back to Africa in to explore the headwaters of the Nile, Congo, and Zambezi Rivers. He did this with his loyal Kololo friends, often disappearing from European view for months and becoming more and more obsessed with the devastation the slave trade was spreading throughout the region.
They also rarely note his constant insistence that without the help of African companions, particularly the Kololo, he could never have completed his astonishing journeys.
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Even during that time, he went his own way, often ignoring the advice. Livingstone, David () Geographer and missionary in Africa. Livingstone began work in the local cotton mill at the age of ten but attended the mill school from eight until ten o’clock each evening and achieved university entrance qualifications.
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