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African history

The pre-history of Africa begins with the first emergence of Homo sapiens in East Africa, continuing into the present as a patchwork of diverse and politically developing nation states. Agriculture began about 10,000 BCE and metallurgy in about 4000 BCE. Early civilization arose in Egypt and later in the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa. Islam spread through the Maghreb and the Sahel, with a major centre of Moslem culture at Timbuktu. States and polities subsequently formed throughout the continent.

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Bantu migrations

History; African history

The Bantu expansion or Bantu migration was a millennia-long series of migrations of speakers of the original proto-Bantu language group. The Bantu expansion was one of the most significant human ...

Ashanti Empire

History; African history

The Ashanti Empire was a West Africa state of the Ashanti people now in Ghana. The Ashanti are a major ethnic group in Ghana, a powerful, militaristic and highly disciplined people of West Africa. ...

Rosetta stone

History; African history

The Egyptians used to cover their works with a strange writing called hieroglyphs. Nobody could figure out what this weird writing meant until the chance discovery of this ancient tablet.


History; African history

A rawhide thong, about 8 feet long, used in South Africa for hitching horses, for fastening yokes to the trek-tow, and generally as a strong cord or binder.

Mau Mau Rebellion

History; African history

The Mau Mau Rebellion (also known as the Mau Mau Uprising, the Mau Mau Revolt, and the Kenya Emergency) was a military conflict that took place from 1952 until 1960 in Kenya, between the predominatly ...

Battle of Laing's Nek

History; African history

The Battle of Laing's Nek was a major battle between the British Empire and the Boer dominated South African Republic fought at Laing's Nek during the First Boer War on 28 January 1881. After the ...

Battle of Schuinshoogte

History; African history

Battle of Schuinshoogte, was a battle of the first Boer War between the British Empire and the Boer led South African Republic fought north of Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, on 8 February 1881. General ...

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