Tag Archives: africa

Trans-Saharan Trade

The Sahara Desert is one of the more frequent examples of a natural barrier to trade, with the vast arid expanse blocking communication between the southern Mediterranean coast and West Africa. However, this is relatively recent and a result of … Continue reading

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East African Infrastructure

During the past decade, China and Chinese companies have been investing heavily in development projects in Africa. Many of these projects have helped to improve these countries’ economies. Currently, the East African Community has embarked on an ambitious infrastructure project … Continue reading

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World Cup Qualifying Playoffs: Final European and African Qualifiers

Another three days of match fixtures gone, and nine more spots in the 2014 World Cup have been filled. Over the weekend, we had the final legs of the African and European qualifying playoffs. In Africa, the five matches featured … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Shortest War

European expansion in Africa during the 19th century was often done through declaring the native societies protectorates of the European country while keeping the local rulers in charge as figureheads. The French, British, Germans, and Portuguese all used this tactic … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: Maurice Benyovszky

Throughout history, there have global travelers and explorers whose adventures are remembered to this day. Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta are only the most famous and remembered of these pre-modern globetrotters. In the 1700s, the Hungarian Maurice Benyovszky led an … Continue reading

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Historical Oddities: The Battle of Tondibi

The history of West Africa Is largely focused on the empires that rose and fell along the Niger River. For over one thousand years, three empires expanded throughout the Sahel region from the main section of the Niger. The last … Continue reading

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