This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, traces David Livingstone's 1854-1856 Trans-African Expedition, from Loanda, Angola on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to Victoria Falls in Central Africa, and on to Quilimane, Mozambique on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Thus, you can zoom in on the places Livingstone visited, and see for yourself how much has changed since then, and how much has not changed. Some very distant locations in deepest Africa now have airports, while other locations have changed very little.
Click here to speed up viewing this map, it will take you to the original Google Map, complete with legend.
One of the reasons Livingstone succeeded in this endeavour, where others failed, was that he traveled with a handful of servants and porters rather than a large army of servants and porters. That, and his ability to reassure the chiefs he was not a threat, his bartering with them, and his low-pressure Christian message, enabled him to negotiate his way across Africa.
The locations in this Google Map were determined from the following sources:
- The eBook, Livingstone and the explorations of Central Africa by Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (pages 168-189)
- Map of Livingstone's Travels on Wikipedia
#16 = Zumbo
Book: Livingstone and the explorations of Central Africa
Page 183 - Zumbo at the date of his arrival (the 15th January 1856) was entirely abandoned by the Portuguese, who had withdrawn from this advanced post of their East African dominions in the early part of the nineteenth century.
|Victoria Falls in Google Map.|