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Languages: over 1,000 from 6 "families" -- widely spoken: Arabic, Swahili and Hausa
Religion: Local traditional religions, Islam and Christianity
c. 2,000,000 B.C. Earliest human beings live in Africa
c. 5000 B.C. Northern Africa people practice farming
30 B.C. Roman Empire controls northern Africa
500s Nubian kingdoms convert to Christianity
639-710 Arab Muslims conquer northern Africa
1000-1500 Large kindoms established in Africa south of the Sahara
1400s The Portuguese explore Africa's west coast
1652 The Dutch found Cape Town
Late 1700s-1920s European incursion & colonization of parts of Africa
1950s-1960s Most European colonies become independent
Fast Facts & Timeline source: "Africa." World Book 2012, p. 99+
What is AFRICANA?
"In United States education, Africana studies, or Africology,is the study of the histories, politics and cultures of peoples of African origin both in Africa and in the African diaspora.
"It is to be distinguished from African studies, as its focus combines Africa and the African disspora (Afro-Latin American, African American studies, Black studies) into a concept of an 'African experience' with an Afrocentric perspective."