The original 1860 Henry Rifle, Henry Morton Stanley & Dr David Livingstone?
"Dr Livingstone I presume" - a tale of possibly the most famous of all the African explorers in the heart of hostile slaving country which turned the obsession and pursuit for the source of the river Nile into one of human endeavor and will to end the most gruesome period of events in modern history - the slave trade.
In a small African village on the shores of lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, two white men met in the most unusual of circumstances, one fresh and spirited, the other horrified and defeated . Dr David Livingstone had just witnessed the casual and gruesome slaying of 500 women and children by Arab slavers, he had seen his belongings stolen and sold off and was living as a beggar in Ujiji when Henry Morton Stanley found him. Stanleys timely arrival and subsequent companionship with Dr Livingstone raised his spirits and hope, resulting in the letter detailing the slave slaughter at Manyema, an impetus for the abolishon of slavery in the British parliament.
Expedition journals show Stanley gifting Dr Livingstone with an 1860 style repeater carbine in .44 rimfire - while he carried an 1876 Winchester in 45-75. Stanleys favor for these 16 round repeaters probably came from his time in the American civil war and his experience with the Henry 1860 repeating carbines. It is believed that Dr Livingstone received a HENRY 1860 RIFLE along with 1500 cartridges from Stanley.
HENRY REPEATING ARMS has kindly donated an original 1860 Henry Carbine rifle to be handed to the David Livingstone Museum in Zambia. The 1860 Henry rifle will start out on an expedition near Dr Livingstones grave site at Chief Chitambo's in the North of Zambia and make the journey south through hunting wilderness, then west to the waters of the mighty Zambezi and finally onwards to the town of Livingstone and Victoria falls where it will be handed over to the Museum for exhibition.
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"Most of us are savages at heart. Deep down in the smug contentment of that hollow thing we call civilization there smolder the fires of our Berserker ancestry " Owen Letcher Thomas - The Bonds of Africa