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Africa's Quest For Unity

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Title: Africa's Quest For Unity
Authors: Kau, Kathleen
Advisor: Murphy, Thomas
Fultz, Jane
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Africa was a “dark continent” mainly because geographic factors discouraged exploration of the interior, and historical circumstance prevented cultural intermingling which great Eastern and Western Empires had experienced. Up to the sixteenth century, Africa, for the most part, was merely a source for such valued products as gold from the mines at Timbuktu and the cinnamon and cloves of east Africa. In the sixteenth century, however, the continent became the most valuable source of labor for the cotton and sugar plantations in the Americas. The African, because of his strength and ability to work under hot climates, was ruthlessly exploited by both white slave traders and black chieftains. Even this contact with Africa, however, was limited to the coastal areas, because unnavigable rivers (see Appendix A, Chart 2a ) and widespread infestation with malarial and sleeping-sickness carriers made exploration difficult and risky.
Pages/Duration: xv, 56 pages
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