Yesterday, Big Brother (aka GB) took Partner-who-loves-tea and I to Denbigh in North Wales.
One of the town's most famous sons was Sir Henry Morton Stanley GCB (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh journalist and explorer who was famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. He was born in Denbigh, in a house close to the castle walls. 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 King Leopold II of the Belgians, and commanding the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition of 1886 to 1889.
This latter was one of the last major European expeditions into the interior of Africa in the nineteenth century, ostensibly to the relief of Emin Pasha, General Charles Gordon's besieged governor of Equatoria, threatened by Mahdist forces. The expedition was led by Stanley (seated in the centre above). The expedition came to be celebrated for its ambition in crossing "darkest Africa" and notorious for the deaths of so many of its members and for the disease unwittingly left in its wake.
Stanley was knighted in 1899.
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