Commissioned during Britain’s golden age for expeditions to chart the Zambesi river for minerals and trade, David Livingstone left England in 1858 for what is today Zimbabwe and discovered an area whose sharp contrast between misery and natural beauty bewitched him. Outraged by the racial injustice he found during the eight-year expedition, Livingstone wrote this gripping account in a refreshingly contemporary style. Worthy of the best writers of the time, the book was an instant success and turned him into one of Britain's most famous public persona.
About the Author
David Livingstone (1813-73) was a Scottish missionary and traveler who became world famous for his search for the origins of the Nile, a search which tragically ended in his death. The Zambesi expedition preceded the troubled Nile expedition.