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The most famous missionary of the 19th Century
He was funded by the Royal Geographical Society
- He wished to track the navigability of the major rivers in Central Africa
- His writings and reports were very popular
- He popularised the ‘Dark Continent’ and brought its plight and difficulties to a wider audience.
He personally made few converts to Christianity, but he paved the way for other missionaries to follow up his expeditions.
- Nyasaland effectively became a ‘missionary’ colony
He famously became ‘lost’ and was found by Henry Stanley of the NYTimes in a media sensation