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A brief review of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, with particular reference to the triangular trade and recent statistics.
Why was Africa so rapidly colonized?
Idi Amin, who became known as the 'Butcher of Uganda' for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa's post-independence dictators. Find out more in this biography.
There are two countries in Africa which are considered to never have been colonized. The truth, however, is much more complex and open to debate.
Between the 11th and 15th centuries West Africa was a major trading region, exporting goods to Europe, Arabia, India, and China across the Sahara Desert.
Although slavery has been practiced for almost the whole of recorded history, the vast numbers involved in the African slave trade has left a legacy which can not be ignored.
A biography of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
A Chronological List of Independence Dates for Africa. Country Independence Date Prior ruling country
A Gallery of Images of African Slavery and the Slave Trade
What are Political Institutions?
South Africa used legislation to implement the segregation of its black population. Here is a descriptive list of the key Apartheid laws enacted by the National Party government.
Types of Slavery in Africa - What Kinds of Slavery Existed in Africa?
The Origin of South Africa's Human Rights Day
The Mau Mau were a militant African nationalist movement active in Kenya during the 1950s whose main aim was to remove British rule and European settlers from the country.
When Africans talk of slavery they inevitably mean the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Is this a true representation of the practice in Africa?
Unsure when Apartheid started in South Africa? Find the answer in this Apartheid FAQ.
First president of Kenya and prominent independence leader. Born into dominant Kikuyu culture, Kenyatta became its most famous interpreter of Kikuyu traditions through his book Facing Mount Kenya. Part 1 of his biography, from his early days to his political awakening.
How has Pan-Africanism developed over the last couple of centuries into a socio-political movement?
A selection of quotes by Steve Biko
What was Apartheid? Find the answer in this FAQ.: apartheid government racial segregation union of south africa geographical boundaries afrikaans word
A selection of quotes by Idi Amin Dada, president of Uganda from 25 January 1971 to 13 April 1979.
The Group Areas Act No 41 of 1950 forced physical separation between races by creating different residential areas for different races. Find out more
Unsure when Apartheid ended in South Africa? Find the answer in this Apartheid FAQ.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Slave Decks on the Slave Bark Wildfire. Page 13.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Plans of Slave Decks, Slave Ship Brookes. Page 12.
Portuguese exploration and trade: 1450-1500.
A explanation of the term Mfecane and why the subject is controversial.
A brief introduction to the history of Liberia from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 –Colonization to Civil War
By the mid 1960's the majority of African states were free from colonial rule. Read more about each country's story in this Atlas of Independence.
What was the Kingdom of Kush? African History.
The historical background to the June, 16 1976 protest by high-school students in Soweto, South Africa, where police fired teargas and live bullets
A short biography of Steve Biko, founder and martyr of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa.
What does Ubuntu mean? Find the answer to what Ubuntu means in this African History Glossary
A chronology of colonization and independence.: south west africa dutch east indies walvis bay gold ivory africa independence
The significance of South Africa's national holidays.
Information on how many slaves were shipped from Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas during the sixteenth century can only be estimated as very few records exist for this period. But from the seventeenth century onwards, increasingly accurate records, such as ship manifests, are available.
What is the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS?
The Origin and Meaning of Adinkra Symbols.: adinkra symbols traditional cloths africanhistory akan symbols abstract shapes
From the Afrikaans' word for 'separation,' Apartheid was a social philosophy which enforced racial and economic segregation on the people of South Africa.
A brief introduction to the history of Ghana from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - Early Kingdoms to Independence
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Diagram of the Slave Ship Brookes. Page 11.
Color in Ancient Egypt. African History.
A Selection of Quotes by Julius Kambarage Nyerere
Full Text of the General Act of the Berlin Conference on West Africa as signed on 26 February 1885
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Slave Barracoon. Page 6.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Young African Boys Captured for Slave Trade. Page 8.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Inspection of an African Slave. Page 9.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Testing an African Slave For Sickness. Page 10.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast. Page 5.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Indigenous African slavers Traveling From the Interior. Page 4.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Slaver's Canoe. Page 2.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Exercising Slaves on a Trans-Atlantic Slave Ship. Page 14.
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Female East African Slave. Page 7.
What was Ujamaa and how did Nyerere's social and economic policy affect Tanzania in the 1960s and 70s?
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: African Captives Being Sent Into Slavery. Page 3.
What was the Brazzaville Conference of 1944
West African monarch who ruled Songhai from 1464 to 1492, expanding a small kingdom along the Niger River into one of medieval Africa's greatest empires.
According to Ancient Egyptian history Menes was the founder of the unified Egyptian state which combined Upper and Lower Egypt.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, described by some of her rivals as an Americo-Liberian, the descendant of Liberia's ex-American-slave colonists, has reached the pinnacle o her political career. Awaiting the results of an investigation into alleged (by her main political rival George Weah) election fraud, Johnson-Sirleaf could become Africa's first elected woman president. Find out more
Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya, lived a fascinating life. Read a selection of his most famous quotes.
A brief introduction to the history of Zambia from the time of early humans to the present day.
A selection of quotes by Nelson Mandela
Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Indigenous African Slavery
Mungo Park, a Scottish surgeon and explorer, was sent out by the 'Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa' to discover the course of the River Niger. Having achieved a degree of fame from his first trip, carried out alone and on foot, he returned to Africa with a party of 40 Europeans, all of whom lost their lives in the adventure.
The Population Registration Act required South Africans to be identified and registered as belonging to one of four distinct racial groups. Find out more...
The. African History.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Origins of Slaves Details of where slaves were taken from Africa and how
What happened when the South African government tried to force women to carry passes.
Over the centuries, explorers have found the allure of the unknown reaches of Africa irresistible. Find out who was who, where they went, and when.
A map showing the location of the Republic of Zambia in Africa. Page 5.
A Biography of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the father of Tanzania.
Bantu Education, the separate and limited experience encountered by non-whites in South Africa when pursuing an education, was a cornerstone of the apartheid philosophy. The following quotes illustrate the diverse viewpoints about Bantu Education from both sides of the anti-Apartheid struggle.
What was Influx Control? African History.
South African Anglican cleric, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent anti-Apartheid role, chairman of the TRC in late 1990s. Tutu was a powerful moral force in South Africa, and a central figure in the anti-Apartheid struggle.
A biography of Chief Albert Luthuli, Africa's first winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace and president of the ANC until his death (under mysterious circumstances) in 1967.
The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland lasted for 10 years, part of Britain's approach to independence in Africa. Find out more about the federation and why it ended.
A chronology of key events in Algeria's history
A brief introduction to the history of Cameroon from the time of early humans to the present day.
What was the Gukurahundi? African History.
What is Ebola? African History.
What was the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act No 55 of 1949?
A brief introduction to the history of Kenya from the time of early humans to the present day.
A brief history of the colonization and independence of Egypt. Page 2.
A Selection of Quotes About The Rwandan Genocide.
A potted history of Morocco. African History.
A brief introduction to the history of Liberia from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 2 – Civil War to Present Day
A chronology of key events in Algeria's War of Independence -- From French Colonization to the End of the 'Battle of Algiers'.
On 16 June 1976 high-school students in Soweto, South Africa, protested for better education. Police fired teargas and live bullets into the marching students. Part 2: Students organize a protest.
The politicking behind the scenes for the formation of the Union of South Africa allowed the foundations of Apartheid to be laid.
Considered the oldest recognisable pre-colonial society in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nok Culture is exemplified by its magnificent terracotta sculptures and the development of iron working. Find out more about this ancient African civilization.
A brief introduction to the history of Mali from the time of early humans to the present day.
The Predynastic Period of Ancient Egypt saw the development of grouped communities, the worlds first written language, institutionalised religion, and the development of the plough. Archaeologists have divided the Period into four relatively distinct phases to aid their understanding of the social, scientific, and political developments in Egypt at that time.
Map of the Triangular Trade. African History. Page 4.
Joe Slovo, anti-Apartheid activist, was one of the founders of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the armed wing of the ANC, and was general secretary of the South African Communist Party during the 1980s.
A biography in three parts of Mary Henrietta Kingsley, a Victorian explorer and writer who greatly influenced European ideas about Africa and its people. Part 1: Early Life in England
Blacks (Abolition of Passes and Co-ordination of Documents) Act No 67 of 1952 required all black persons over the age of 16 to carry a reference (or pass) book at all times. Find out more...
Current research suggests that AIDS has been in human circulation for at least 100 years and that its transformation in to a pandemic was triggered by the European colonization of the African continent.
The way in which we divide the day into hours and minutes, as well as the structure and length of the yearly calendar, owes much to pioneering developments in ancient Egypt. Page 2.
A short history of island that housed the most notorious prison of the South African apartheid regime.
Thomas Mboya was a Kenyan trade unionist and statesman. Earmarked as Jomo Kenyatta's successor, Mboya was assassinated six years into independence, sparking tribal unrest between Kenyatta's Kikuyu supporters and Mboya's Luo.
Slavery Regions for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Page 5.
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Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu Influential anti-Apartheid activist and co-founder of the African National Congress
Unsure who supported Apartheid in South Africa? Find the answer in this Apartheid FAQ.
Part 3 of his biography, from the Mau Mau Rebellion to his Presidency.
A chronology of key events in Tanzania's history: vasco da gama john hanning speke lake tanganika lettow vorbeck german protectorate
Timbuktu is widely used to describe a place extremely far away and regarded by many as a myth. In reality it's a city in Mali, West Africa, of such great historical importance that in 1988 it was designated a World Heritage Site.
Timeline for the Suez Canal Crisis: suez canal zone hassan el banna son farouk caliph of islam king farouk
In February 2002 a list of Africa's Top 100 books was announced. Find out why.
Statistics for Trans-Atlantic Slave Imports by Region. Page 2.
A list of when various African countries joined the Commonwealth of Nations.
A Timeline of Key Events in the Life of Idi Amin Dada.
Why was there such strong antagonism between the Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda? What Role did European colonization play? Was the 1994 genocide the first outbreak of violence? Find out more about the origins of the Rwandan Genocide.
A brief introduction to the history of Ghana from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 2 - Nkrumah to Rawlings
An introduction to the history of the African nation. This part confronts the effect of nationalistic shifts and the new constitution.
Statistics for Trans-Atlantic Slave Exports by Region. Page 3.
A map showing the location of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Africa. Page 4.
South African Apartheid Era Identity Numbers How the Apartheid Era Identity Number Recorded Racial Categories
What was the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM)?
There is a call for reparations to be made by the West for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Are all the issues being considered?
A gallery of images of Apartheid Era Signs from the mid 1950s to late 1970s.
Colonel John Garang de Mabior was a Sudanese rebel leader and founder of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) which fought a 22 year civil war against the northern dominated, Islamist Sudanese Government. Was made vice president of Sudan on the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, shortly before his death.
From 1958 to 1975 this region was a Spanish Overseas Province. In 1975 an International Court of Justice granted self-determination to Western Sahara. Spain
A map showing the location of the Republic of Guinea in Africa. Page 2.
When Africans talk of slavery they inevitably mean the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Is this a true representation of the practice in Africa?
A brief introduction to the history of Benin from the time of early humans to the present day.
A brief introduction to the history of Sudan from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - Kingdoms to Independence
Two thousand years ago the first of several waves colonists swept into South Africa. In the first of these waves, the pastoralist Khoikhoi moved down into the western and southern coastal regions - pushing the hunter-gatherer San inland.
Unsure how the Apartheid regime came into power? Find the answer in this Apartheid FAQ.
A chronology of key events in Nigeria's history: british protectorate british colonial rule frederick lugard kingdom of benin southern nigeria
Freedom Charter. African History.
Where is Africa's Great Rift Valley?
Since the end of apartheid, a number of town and geographical names in South Africa have changed. Here's a list of them.
Historical Background, Factors Which Influenced the Spread Of Christianity, Christianity Reaches North Africa
A brief introduction to the history of Lesotho from the time of early humans to the present day.
A selection of quotes by PW Botha.
What is Hxaro? African History.
What was the Kingdom of Meroe? African History.
A short biography of Chris Hani, South African political activist, chief-of-staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, and Secretary-General of the South African Communist Party, assassinated in April 1993.
18 countries in Africa are currently part of the Commonwealth of Nations (with Zimbabwe having departed in 2003).
The Native (Black) Urban Areas Act strictly controlled the movement of Black males between urban and rural areas in South Africa. Find out more...
Many South Africans are the descendants of slaves brought to the Cape Colony from 1653 until 1822. Follow the main events in this period of South Africa's history in this timeline.
What is a Tricameral Parliament?
A brief introduction to the history of Swaziland from the time of early humans to the present day.
A map showing the location of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in Africa.
What was the Suppression of Communism Act No 44 of 1950
The Islamic faith and Muslims have played a crucial role in the development of Africa, not only in North Africa and West Africa where it is still the dominant religion, but also in East Africa, where its dominance decreases as one moves south, and in Southern Africa, where it was introduced through slaves and political exiles and is most prominent today in the cities of Durban and Cape Town.
Carl Peters was a German explorer, journalist and philosopher, instrumental in the founding of German
Alhaji Umaru Yar'Adua was president of Nigeria from 2007, breaking the cycle of civilian rule and military coup which had dogged the country since independence. Yar'Adua was somewhat reclusive in his dealings with the public and press, and his only major political success was dealing with the civil unrest in the oil-rich Niger Delta -- convincing many to give up their arms during a three-month amnesty in 2009. Part I -- Early Life.
The events of the day. African History.