The search for Dr. Livingstone, the most popular Briton of the second half of the 19th century in the heart of Africa, was the great exclusive of the 19th century press. It was published on August 10, 1872 in the new york heraldwho disbursed the not inconsiderable amount of $20,000 to find the famous scientist lost in the Congo.
The mission was undertaken by the Scottish journalist Henry Morton Stanley who followed his tracks through more than 1,100 kilometers of tropics and jungle during 296 terrible days of travel.
The search for Dr. Livingstone was the great exclusive of the 19th century press.
He finally found him on November 10, 1871.
Their meeting has given fame to the humble phrase that became mythical when the two met: “Doctor Livingstone, I suppose.”
Despite his failing health, Livingstone refused to leave Africa and continued his research until his untimely death at the age of sixty in 1873. Reinforcing his stamp as a successful reporter, Stanley would undertake more expeditions and even work for King Leopold. II of Belgium in the infamous conquest and exploitation of the Congo.
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