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Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. Trading map from 1597. Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. Trading map from 1597.

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The Sultanate of Mogadishu was an important trading center in Somalia for several hundred years between the 9th and 13th century although many historians...

Brass plaque depicting the Oba of Benin with the Europeans. Brass plaque depicting the Oba of Benin with the Europeans.

African History

The Benin Empire was one of the longest-lasting empires in all of West African history. It was located in modern-day Southern Nigeria and dominated...

The ancient Sankore University in Timbuktu. The ancient Sankore University in Timbuktu.

African History

The Songhai Empire was a short-lived Western African State controlled by an ethnic group with the same name – the Songhai. Despite the fact...