Whose body was preserved and then hand-carried for nine months to the coast of Africa?

Dr. David Livingstone, the world-famous explorer of Africa, died while exploring the area now known as Zambia. His body was embalmed with sand and his heart was buried under a nearby tree. His body was then wrapped in cloth and covered with tar to waterproof it. Loyal servants carried his body for nine months, all the way to the eastern coast of Africa, where the body was then transported to Britain on the HMS Vulture. On April 18, 1874, his body was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Famous African explorer Dr. David Livingstone was buried at London’s Westminster Abbey (photo by Paul A. Tucci).

This is a web preview of the "The Handy Geography Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App