African history

January 15, 2008 RENU

  1. Called Dark continent.
  2. War & cruelty down to the present time. That’s why just commencing to be civilized except Egypt where they have been civilized for many centuries.
  3. France owns more than 1/3rd, the balance being ctrlled by Great Britain & Germany in addition to native & independent states.
  4. Only Northern borders of the continent were known to ancients & this region is called Libya
  5. 600BC- Some people sailed around African continent
  6. 500BC- Persians ventured out betn the Pillars of Herculus (Gibraltar) & down to Islands of the Blessed.
  7. 3rd-5th century Christian religion prevailed & after 100s of yrs of fighting, Mohammedans drove Christians out of Africa.
  8. 1486- Portugese discovered Cape of Good Hope.
  9. 1841- David Livingstone, a devoted Scotch missionary entered S.Africa & in 20yrs worked his way through unknown regions like Zambezi river with victoria falls wider than Niagara & more than twice as high.
  10. 69-73 General Baker made many expeditions & suppressed the slave trade.
  11. Discovery of diamonds & gold in S.Africa hastened devpt of that region.
  12. It was the eagerness of foreigners to get at the mines that brought about the Boer war.
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