The Massacre of the Manyuema Women at Nyangwe
This image depicts Arab slave traders attacking Nyangwe on the near the Great Lakes and Central Interior regions. Livingstone described this in July 1871, in which he reports that "the Arabs themselves estimated the loss of life at between 330 and 400 souls" (p. 382-384). David Livingstone (1813–1873) was a famous Scottish physician, Christian missionary, explorer and abolitionist. His interest was to locate the source of the Nile River. His missionary work also reinforced the European “Scramble for Africa” and the colonization of the continent. This engraving was made from Livingstone's sketches. It is reproduced in Thomas W. Knox, The Boy Travellers on the Congo (New York, 1888), p. 219, where it is captioned Muini Dujambi's Followers Attacking Nyangwè. Knox's book, in turn, is a condensation of Henry Stanley's famous Through the Dark Continent (New York, 1878), but the Knox publishers took their images from several volumes of African travel exploration (p.2), without citing their sources. See images C014 and knox02.
David Livingstone, The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to his death . . . by Horace Waller (London, 1874), vol. 1, facing p. 133; and (New York, 1875), facing p. 383.
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