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history of south africa

The Boers and the Beginnings of South Africa – History of Africa Part 11

For many western audiences, when we think of the history of South Africa we think of Mandela, apartheid, and...then our knowledge kind of fades off. In many ways, the history of South Africa is...
congo free state

The Congo Free State – History of Africa Part 10

The story of King Leopold's II's rule in the Congo Free State is among the darkest episodes of European imperialism on the African continent in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, many people are...
Scramble for Africa

The Scramble for Africa – History of Africa Part 9

In 1884 fourteen European nations along with a representative from the United States gathered at a conference in Berlin to divide up the continent of Africa. No representatives of the hundreds of African societies...

Ukraine – How the West Was Warned

Ukraine appears to be on the brink of a full-scale invasion by Russia. The past few months have seen Russia move its troops along Ukraine’s borders with Belarus and Russia. This follows the ongoing...
david livingstone meets henry stanley

David Livingstone and Henry M Stanley – History of Africa Part 8

This podcast episode continues our look at the European explorers in Africa. We look at two of the most significant of those explorers, David Livingstone and Henry M Stanley. These two men could not have...
age of explorers

The Age of Explorers – History of Africa Part 7

Before the age of imperialism and the great scramble for Africa, adventurous men of questionable character had to open the gates of the continent to Europeans. This is the story of the age of...
Atlantic Slave Trade

Atlantic Slave Trade – History of Africa Part 6

We began this section in this History of Africa podcast series with the door of no return in Ghana. In this final section of the podcast series that looks at the topic of slavery...
East African Slave Trade

East African Slave Trade – History of Africa Part 5

In our last episode, we looked at the widespread systems of slavery that existed in Africa before the Europeans and the Arabs arrived. In this episode, we look at the East African Slave Trade....
slavery in africa

Slavery in Africa – History of Africa Part 4

No study on the History of Africa is complete without a look at the role of slavery in Africa. When most of us think of slavery we think of plantations in the southern US,...
history of liberia

History of Liberia – History of Africa Podcast Series Bonus Episode

Frequently in the research on the history of Africa, I came across a claim that Liberia and Ethiopia were the only African nations that never became colonized. That claim is false. Liberia was colonized...