The History and Legend of Mosi oa Tunya

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The first recorded European to lay eyes on Mosi oa Tunya was David Livingstone, a Scottish missionary and explorer. In 1855, Livingstone set out on an expedition to find the source of the Nile River. While traveling along the Zambezi River, he heard the thunderous roar of the waterfall and followed the sound until he reached the edge of the falls.

Livingstone was in awe of the magnificent sight before him and named the falls “Victoria Falls” after Queen Victoria of England. However, the local indigenous people had been aware of the falls for centuries and had their own name for it – Mosi oa Tunya, which translates to “The Smoke That Thunders.”

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