Africa in History
Africa? What do we know about it? Most of us will answer something
like the following:
Africa 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
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
Most of 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. 1 2 3 4