My Favourite History Place: Mandala House

Historian feature

By Joe Wilkinson, published 25th February 2016

Many myths surround David Livingstone and in this part of the world more myths about the man abound than perhaps anywhere else. We can only speculate on whether he fought off lions with his bare hands, shamed slave-traders into letting their slaves go with just a few words from the scriptures and how many people he actually did convert to Christianity. What we do know is that he died in 1873 and this led to a wave of missionary zeal in Scotland where the Free Church of Scotland decided to found a mission on the shores of Lake Malawi – then known as Lake Nyasa – in his memory. Interestingly, Nyasa means ‘lake’ in the Chichewa language, so until independence in 1964 and the renaming of Lake Nyasa to Lake Malawi, it was known as Lake Lake!...

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