Africa in History
Africa? What do we know about it? Most of us will answer something
like the following:
is a continent below Europe between the Atlantic Ocean on
the west and the Indian Ocean on the east with the Mediterranean
Sea to the north. If we look at it on a common Mercator’s
map, like we all use at school, we will see that it is about
the same size as Greenland and about three quarters of the
size of North America. There are about forty-five different
nations, some very large, which sometimes have very stright
lines for borders. And of course it is inhabited by people
with black skins, the Africans.
people mostly live in primitive huts around cooking fires.
It is uncivilised and has no real history - it has always
been like this. We would probably also say that it is very
poor, that the governments are corrupt and unstable, and that
it is a dangerous place to visit. True?
let’s look a bit closer at all these arguments….
this of course is based on prejudice. Africa is of course
not “below” Europe - there is no up and down in Geography.
It is actually about fifteen times the size of Greenland,
and three and a half times the size of the United States.
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