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David Livingstone – explorer and missionary

David Livingstone - explorer and missionary

David Livingstone – explorer and missionary

David Livingstone was a famous explorer and missionary. From the age of ten to twenty-four he worked in a cotton factory. He studied at evening classes and eventually he qualified as a doctor. In 1840 he went to Africa as a missionary. He ‘discovered’ most of the Zambesi River and in 1866 he started looking for the source of the River Nile.
David Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813, in Blantyre. The Livingstones were poor, so the 10-year-old boy had to work in the textile mills 14 hours a day, studying at night and on weekends.
In 1836 he entered the University of Glasgow to study medicine and theology.
In 1840 he received his medical degree and was accepted by the London Missionary Society. At the end of the same year he sailed to Africa and arrived in Cape Town on March 14, 1841.
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Stede Bonnet – gentleman among pirates

Stede Bonnet - gentleman among pirates

Stede Bonnet – gentleman among pirates


He was an attractive and educated young man, 25-year-old gentleman, who arrived in Barbados from England, and served as a major colonial militia.
By the age of 28 Stede had his own home in Bridgetown, prosperous plantation and a young wife – Mary.
People thought he would have a bright future in politics, but fate decreed otherwise. After a quarrel with his wife Bonnet became a pirate. He bought a large sloop and called it Revenge.
Not far from Nassau Bonnet met Edward Teach – famous pirate Blackbeard. He became either a prisoner of the terrible Edward Teach or his powerless companion. So Blackbeard became a captain of the Revenge and Bonnet walked on the deck and read his books and gain experience. A few months later, on behalf of Teach, Bonnet went to Virginia to ask for the royal pardon for them. A gentleman with a good education was just perfect for this mission. Bonnet met with Governor Charles Eden and received amnesty. With this document, he returned to Teach and… there was an unpleasant surprise. Blackbeard took all guns and gears, and went to Ocracoke Island. Bonnet’s ship was simply left on a desert island with 17 team members.
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Ned Kelly – Australian Robin Hood

Ned Kelly – Australian Robin Hood

Ned Kelly – Australian Robin Hood

He was a thief and a killer. Yet he is considered a national hero and one of the most romantic figures in Australian history. Poems and songs were written, and thousands of post cards with the pictures of the gang were sold.
Edward Kelly was born on June 3, 1854. He was born into a family of John Kelly and Ellen Quinn. His parents were both Irish born, but they met and married in Australia. His father was exiled to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) for stealing two pigs. He was freed after five years in prison and moved to the province of Victoria where he married Ellen Quinn, the daughter of a local farmer. Ned was the third child in the family (of the eight). He received his primary education at a local school.
When Ned was about 12 years old, his father was accused of stealing a calf. John Kelly died on December 27, 1866 in prison.
Ned first got into trouble with the law when he was only 14. He and his family used to steal horses, rebrand them and sell them. The owners of the horses offered large rewards for Kelly’s arrest.
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Bear Grylls – extreme adventurer

Bear Grylls – extreme adventurer

Bear Grylls – extreme adventurer

Bear Grylls is a record-breaking adventurer. He became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest. In his TV shows he demonstrates how to survive dangerous situations. He also writes books for teenagers.
Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls was born on June 7, 1974.
Since his childhood Grylls loved adventure. He grew up on the Isle of Wight, and as a young boy often went mountain climbing with his father.
Grylls studied at Eton College (the school where Prince William and Prince Harry were educated) and as a teenager got a black belt in karate. He speaks English, French and Spanish.
19-year-old Grylls joined the army. During his service, he broke his back in a parachuting accident in Zambia. He spent a year in hospital and his dream of Everest helped him to recover.
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Captain Cook – James Cook

Captain Cook – James Cook

Captain Cook – James Cook

Captain Cook was one of the most famous scientific navigators, one of the foremost figures of the Age of Exploration. He headed three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean. During these expeditions, he made a number of geographical discoveries. Cook was the first European to arrive on the east coast of Australia. He drew maps of the coasts of Australia and New Zealand. He was also the first European to arrive at Hawaii.
He was a British naval officer, explorer, cartographer, a member of the Royal Society and the Royal Navy captain.
James Cook was born on October 27 (November 7), 1728 in Marton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire, England. He was one of the seven children. Unfortunately four of them died before they passed the age of five. James helped his father on a farm, then worked in a shop. Since his childhood James dreamed of becoming a sailor. At the age of 18, he became a ship’s boy on a coal ship and spent the next 9 years sailing from the River Tyne to London and the Baltic. When he was 24, he joined the Royal Navy.
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