In 1871, Dr. David Livingstone witnessed the slaughter of approximately 400 Africans by slave traders from Zanzibar. Although Livingstone was a staunch abolitionist, he journeyed through Africa along well-established slave trading routes alongside men whose practices he abhorred.
Livingstone’s unpublished field diaries reveal true desperation and horror during his expedition. Hover and click on the diary below for more.
Transcription, images and research provided by The David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project, published by Livingstone Online and the UCLA Digital Library Program, and to Dr. Adrian Wisnicki. The David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project is a collaborative, international effort to use spectral imaging technology and digital publishing to make available a series of faded, illegible texts produced by the famous Victorian explorer when stranded without ink or writing paper in Central Africa.