The Republic of Zambia in southern Africa is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. One of the earliest Europeans to enter the country was the Protestant missionary and African explorer David Livingstone. His extensive explorations in the mid-19th century brought Zambia to the attention of the Western world and inspired countless other missionaries.

Roman Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, and Baptist missions in neighboring countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, and Malawi expanded into Zambia in the late 1800s. They worked not only to convert the native population to Christianity but also to enculturate them to Western morals and values. The influence of the mission churches is still felt in modern-day Zambia: English is the official language, and ...

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