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Henry Morton Stanley

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley

Full Name: John Rowlands
Profession: Journalist and Explorer


Biography: Famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

Upon finding Livingstone, Stanley reportedly asked, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"

Stanley is also known for his search for the source of the Nile, his work in and development of the Congo Basin region in association with Belgian King Leopold II and commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition.

Born: January 28, 1841
Birthplace: Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 10, 1904 (aged 63)

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Historical Events

  • 1871-03-21 Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his famous expedition to Africa
  • 1871-11-10 Henry Morton Stanley encounters David Livingstone at Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, with the immortal words 'Dr Livingstone, I presume?'
  • 1876-09-14 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition leaves Rwanda
  • 1876-10-17 Henry Morton Stanley's reaches Lualaba River
  • 1876-11-05 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition leaves Nyangwe
  • 1877-08-09 Henry Morton Stanley's party reaches Boma, Congo, after 999 days, losing half of the 228 members.
  • 1877-10-17 Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa
  • 1878-01-08 Secret meeting of King Leopold II's agent & Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1879-02-10 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • 1881-05-08 Henry Morton Stanley signs the first of many contracts with the Congolian monarch
  • 1881-12-03 Henry Morton Stanley founds Leopoldville (now Kinshasa)
  • 1882-10-19 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza meets Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1882-12-14 Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo
  • 1888-04-29 Old Kavallison, Congo: Henry Morton Stanley meets Emin Pasha
  • 1888-12-19 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition reaches Fort Bodo, East-Africa
  • 1890-04-19 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in Brussels
  • 1890-04-26 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London