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Who built Great Zimbabwe? Central African history

By |2018-04-13T01:39:20+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa, History|

Central Africa in the Middle Ages: Great Zimbabwe Iron comes to Central Africa Besides South Africa, central Africa is the most isolated part of Africa - for many years, the people who lived here saw almost nobody from outside their own area. So it took longer for people in Central Africa to find out [...]

History of Tanzania – African History

By |2018-04-13T15:40:10+00:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|

Kilwa By 1500 AD, people in Tanzania were doing pretty well. They did a lot of trading with India and the Arabian Peninsula from their biggest port at Kilwa, and other smaller ports. They bought silk and cotton cloth, steel knives, Indian and Chinese medicine, and spices like pepper and cinnamon. To get [...]

African Economy – Early Modern

By |2018-04-19T15:03:14+00:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, Economy|

Early modern African economy: Guinea Cloth (Cotton) Early Modern African economy In the late 1400s AD, Portuguese traders figured out how to sail to West Africa instead of getting there by caravan routes across the Sahara Desert. West African traders sold these newcomers mostly enslaved people, but also locally made cotton cloth, colored [...]

History of Mozambique – African History

By |2018-04-21T12:09:39+00:00May 24th, 2017|Africa, History|

Chapel of Our Lady of Baluarte - the oldest European building south of the Equator (Isla de Mozambique, 1522, thanks to Jason Inslee) In 1500 AD, the Bantu Chikuyo Chisamarengu ruled Mutapa kingdom in northern Zimbabwe and Mozambique. African traders sold gold, ivory, seashells, and animal skins - even the occasional giraffe! - [...]