In 1858 the famed missionary-explorer Dr David Livingstone led an expedition, sponsored by the British Government, to investigate the navigability of the Zambezi River. Artist and storekeeper to the venture was Thomas Baines whose diary of 1858 is published here for the first time together with related correspondence. The text is illustrated with over a hundred of Baines's pencil and water-colour sketches, many of which have not been reproduced before. It was hoped that the Zambezi River would prove to be a major waterway, thus providing access through Portuguese-occupied territory to the uncolonized interior of south-central Africa. There, by the introduction of christianity and trade, Livingstone dreamt that the illicit slave trade could be brought to an end [flap notes]; 251pp.
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