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History of Francistown

Francistown is the second largest city in Botswana. It was the center of southern Africa's first gol...

17th July 2007
History of Timbuktu

Founded about AD 1100 as a seasonal camp by Tuareg nomads, the city was incorporated within the Mali...

7th August 2007
History of Oran

Oran is the capital city of Oran Province in western Algeria with approximately 1.4 million inhabita...

2nd October 2007
History of Kilwa Kisiwani

Its position in the Indian Ocean is just less than three miles off the shore of Tanzania, so it can...

31st July 2007
History of Walvis Bay

Walvis bay meaning “Whale Bay” in Afrikaans is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast o...

5th June 2007
History of Abuja

The name "Abuja" was derived from Abu Ja, a brother to Muhammadu Makau, the last hausa ruler of Zari...

6th March 2007
History of Keren

The name Keren means highland. The sun rises over one set of peaks in the east and sets over another...

14th August 2007
History of Djenné

The city was founded by merchants around 800 AD and flourished as a meeting place for traders from t...

11th September 2007
History of Douala

With a population of approximately 2 million, the city is home to Cameroon's largest port and its ma...

10th April 2007
History of Pemba

Unlike Zanzibar, Pemba is formed from a land mass rather than coral reefs and sand banks. Its landsc...

29th May 2007
History of Nakuru

Nakuru is sandwiched between Lake Nakuru National Park to the south and the Menengai crater and its...

24th July 2007
History of Guinea

The origin of the name Guinea itself is obscure. Some suggest that Guinea might have been derived fr...

18th January 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 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 Seychelles

Seychelles lies in the western part of the Indian Ocean, north of Madagascar and 1,593km (995 miles)...

14th March 2006
History of Lesotho

Lesotho is a water-rich nation in a water-starved region. The Lesotho Highlands water scheme, a six-...

7th March 2006
A Short History of Rwanda

Rwanda is a small, hilly country in central Africa, over 500 miles from the nearest coast – the Indi...

21st February 2006
History of Madagascar

Madagascar lies in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa opposite Mozambique. The world...

14th February 2006
History of Swaziland

Swaziland, officially known as Kingdom of Swaziland is bordered on the South, West, and North by the...

7th February 2006
History of Comoros

The Comoros Islands—Grande Comoro (Ngazidja), Anjouan, Mohéli, and Mayotte (which is not part of the...

31st January 2006
A Brief History of Western Sahara

Part of the Sahara, it is extremely arid and is almost entirely covered with stones, gravel, or sand...

24th January 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 Alexandria

Alexandria is Egypt's leading port, a commercial and transportation center, and the heart of a major...

27th March 2007
History of Malindi

In the beginning of the sixteenth century the Portuguese selected Malindi as a supply station for Po...

8th May 2007
History of Bulawayo

It is located in 439km south-west of Harare (20°10′S 28°34′E) and is treated as a separate provincia...

3rd April 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 Pointe-Noire

The name Pointe Noire's originated from Portuguese navigators who saw a block of black rocks on the...

3rd July 2007
History of Yamoussoukro

The city was the home of Côte d'Ivoire's long-term president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny who sponsored t...

28th August 2007
History of Kaolack

With a population of approximately 172,305 people, Kaolack is an important regional market town and...

25th September 2007
History of Bagamoyo

For decades Bagamoyo was in 19th century the main terminus in the east African – Arab and Indian tra...

4th September 2007
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