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History of Cape Verde

Cape Verde, only slightly larger than Rhode Island, is an archipelago in the Atlantic 385 mi (500 km...

21st March 2006
History of Morocco

Morocco is situated on the extreme northwestern corner of Africa and is bordered by Mauritania and A...

28th March 2006
History of Benin

Benin is a West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea, between Togo on the west and Nigeria on the ea...

4th April 2006
History of Mauritius

The various population movements of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries have made Mauritius a un...

9th May 2006
History of Equatorial Guinea

Throughout the period of Spanish rule most of the mainland region remained unexplored, with the Span...

11th April 2006
History of Liberia

Lying on the Atlantic in the southern part of West Africa, Liberia is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guin...

17th April 2006
History of Burundi

Burundi borders Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Lake Tanganyika to the southwest, and Con...

2nd May 2006
History of Kisumu

The city is the historic western terminus of the railroad from the Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria. Th...

29th November 2006
History of Antanànarìvo

The city is located in Antananarivo Province, and is also known by its French name Tananarive or by...

19th December 2006
History of Banjul

Banjul, formerly Bathurst is not only the capital city of Gambia but also its Atlantic port. It is s...

31st October 2006
History of Bujumbura

The city grew from a small village after it became a military post in German East Africa in 1889. Af...

13th February 2007
History of Kananga

With a population of 1,130,100 (2004), Kananga lies near the Lulua River - a tributary of the Kasai...

9th January 2007
History of Mogadishu

The city is known as Muqdisho in Somali, Maqdishu in Arabic and Mogadiscio in Italian. With a popula...

7th November 2006
History of Entebbe

In the local Luganda language, Entebbe means a "seat". It was probably named that because it was the...

2nd January 2007
History of Gorée

Gorée is best known as the location of the House of Slaves, one of the oldest houses on the island...

13th March 2007
History of Soweto

The name Soweto was originally an acronym for "SOuth WEstern TOwnships", a cluster of townships spra...

20th February 2007
History of Yaoundé

The city is situated on a hilly, forested plateau between the Nyong and Sanaga rivers in the south-c...

20th December 2006
History of Brazzaville

With over a third of the population of the Republic of Congo living in the capital, the city is 506...

3rd October 2006
History of Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is an important city for both business and government. The city is the hub of the Tanz...

24th October 2006
History of Harare

Harare is one of the most prosperous and developed cities in southern Africa. It is also called "Sun...

29th August 2006
History of Lusaka

The choice of Lusaka to become the capital did not follow any traditional development pattern. The c...

14th November 2006
History of Accra

The word Accra is derived from the word Nkran meaning ants. It refers to the numerous anthills seen...

17th October 2006
History of Lomé

The city lies on the extreme south west of Togo, up against the Ghanaian border. Located on the Gulf...

23rd January 2007
History of Zanzibar

The word "Zanzibar" is still debatable. Some say it probably derives from the Persian زنگبار, Zangi-...

16th January 2007
History of Nouakchott

The city is located on a plateau near the West African Atlantic coast, about 270 miles (435 km) nort...

12th December 2006
History of Cape Town

Cape Town is the economic centre of the Western Cape and serves as the regional manufacturing centre...

6th February 2007
History of Kumasi

A relatively young city, Kumasi was founded in the early 19th century by King Osei Tutu. The king na...

27th February 2007
History of Malabo

Malabo was renamed Santa Isabel when the island revert to complete Spanish control. In 1969, Malabo...

30th January 2007
History of Conakry

The city developed on Tumbo Island at the tip of the Kaloum Peninsula, to which it is now joined by...

5th December 2006
History of Tripoli

In the ancient times Tripoli was known as Oea and was one of the original cities that formed the Afr...

5th September 2006
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