Lantern Slide depicting a Bechuana Congregation, probably at Kuruman or Mabotsa. It is part of an incomplete set of 40 slides, two are missing, illustrating highlights from Livingstone's life and travels. These slides were manufactured by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company for The London Missionary Society, circa 1900.

Dr. David Livingstone (1813-1873) spent thirty years in Africa as a missionary and explorer. He was the first European to cross Africa and to find Victoria Falls.

In 1843 Livingstone and Edwards established a mission station at Mabotsa.

Bechuana was a common name used for the Tswana people in the 19th Century. The Tswana are a Bantu-speaking people of Southern Africa. In the 19th Century the land they occupied was divided into two administrative entities by the British. The northern part (modern Botswana) was administered as the Bechuanaland Protectorate and the southern part was administered as the crown colony of British Bechuanaland. British Bechuanaland was incorporated into the Cape Colony in 1895 and now forms part of South Africa.

Description of Content

Image of a man surrounded by a large group of dark skinned people who are sitting on the ground.

Physical Description

Standard format colour Lantern Slide edged with black tape with number in top left corner.

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