Ambition 'made Livingstone a liar'

A DOCUMENTARY claims explorer David Livingstone was a ruthless and often violent liar who was prepared to abandon or beat companions if they stepped out of line.

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The BBC1 Scotland programme, presented by historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, claims Blantyre-born Livingstone was obsessed by personal ambition.

In The Last Explorers, to be shown next week, Oliver says Livingstone claimed he'd found a trading route he knew to be impossible. Oliver said honesty would have led to the expedition being cancelled, something Livingstone couldn't allow.

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