Exploring Africa in the Nordic Press. David Livingstone, Henry Stanley and the popular fascination with exploration and adventure in Africa in the late 19th century

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List of Authors: Kim Stefan Groop
Editors: Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Mário S. Ming Kong
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: CRC Press
Book title: Modernity, Frontiers and Revolutions : Proceedings of the 4th International Multidisciplinary Congress (PHI 2018), October 3-6, 2018, S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Title of series: Phi
Start page: 399
End page: 405
ISBN: 978-0-367-02397-3
eISBN: 978-0-429-39983-1
ISSN: 2161-3907


In this article, I will
scrutinise two of the most famous explorers of Africa, David Livingstone
and Henry Morton Stanley, and how their adventures were described in
the Swedish and Finnish newspapers in the late 19th century. The
intention is to shed light on a chapter in history, when ordinary people
started to take an interest in Africa and the opportunities and
adventures this continent could offer. To the Nordic public Livingstone –
the medical missionary and adventurer – became known in the early
1850s. This was soon after his Nile River Expedition started, and, as
most of his letters failed to reach the coast, Livingstone was feared
dead. Stanley – at that time an unknown journalist – travelled to Africa
to find him.
Livingstone’s travels and Stanley’s fame as Livingstone’s rescuer
occurred before the Berlin Conference of 1884–85, and before the start
of the Scramble for Africa. Nevertheless, they were active at a time of
industrial revolution, many new inventions, a political urge in the
western world to conquer Africa, and, not least, an increased number of
newspapers feeding the population with interesting news about worlds far

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