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History By Region: West Africa

The desert lands of the southern Sahara, the lush rainforest of the coastal areas, the rich natural resources and, of course the slave trade have influenced the development of this region. The spread of Islam and the aggressive competition between France and Britain to exploit the region has left a powerful legacy.
  1. Benin (11)
  2. Burkina Faso (10)
  3. Cape Verde (10)
  4. Côte d'Ivoire (11)
  5. Gambia (8)
  6. Ghana (14)
  7. Guinea (8)
  8. Guinea-Bissau (12)
  9. Liberia (11)
  10. Mali (16)
  11. Mauritania (8)
  12. Niger (16)
  13. Nigeria (14)
  14. Senegal (9)
  15. Sierra Leone (6)
  16. Togo (13)

Trade across the Sahara
Between the 11th and 15th centuries West Africa exported goods across the Sahara Desert to Europe and beyond.

West African History in the Making
The latest news headlines from across East Africa. What’s news today is history tomorrow.

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