History

Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Legacy of Brazilian Slave Merchant Francisco Félix de Souza in Benin

Francisco Félix de Souza was an Afro-Brazilian slave trader and merchant who traded in palm oil, gold and slaves in the 18th and early 19th century.

Queen Nzinga, The African Leader Who Fought Against Slave Trade and European Colonization in the 17th Century

Queen Nzinga was an Angolan leader who ruled during a period of rapid growth in the African slave trade and encroachment of the Portuguese Empire into South West Africa, in attempts to control the slave trade. Nzinga fought for...

Jesus of Lübeck: How Africans Were Lured into England’s First Slave Ship

John Hawkins urged the Africans to enter his ship “Jesus of Lubeck,” also known as “The Good Ship Jesus.” for salvation, those who entered soon found they were barred from disembarking. Jesus of Lübeck was a sailing vessel built...

How The Mokomokai Heads Of The Maori Tribesmen Became Valuable Trade Items During The 19th Century

The brain and eyes were removed from the severed heads, with all orifices sealed with flax fibre and gum. The head was then boiled or steamed in an oven before being smoked over an open fire and dried in...

Hogan “Kid” Bassey — Meet the First Nigerian To Become A World Boxing Champion

Hogan "Kid" Bassey MBE was a Nigerian-British boxer; and the the first Nigerian to become a world boxing champion. He achieved this feat when he defeated French Algerian Cherif Hamia in Paris in 1957 to claim the World Featherweight title.

The First Miss Black America Pageant Was Created On This Day In 1968

The First Miss Black America pageant was created and produced on this day in 1968 as a means of protesting the lack of black women in the Miss America pageant. The Miss Black America pageant was established in 1968 by...

Georgia City Votes To Remove Market House Where Slaves Were Sold

After 225 years, a former slave market in Georgia will be removed. Officials in a small city in rural Georgia have voted to remove a rare, 18th-century Market House where slaves were once sold. The open-air structure dating back to the...

Slavery Abolition Act 1833: Slavery Was Abolished Throughout The British Empire On This Day

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that abolished slavery in most British colonies, freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa and making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal

Scramble for Africa — The Berlin Conference To Divide Africa Ended On This Day In 1885

Berlin Conference of 1884–1885 was a Meeting at which the major European powers negotiated and claimed territories in Africa; The conference lasted 104 days, and ended on this day (26th) in February, 1885.

Benin City, One Of The Most Advanced Cities Of The Ancient World Now Lost Without Trace

When the Portuguese first “discovered” the city in 1485, they were stunned to find this vast kingdom made of hundreds of interlocked cities and villages in the middle of the African jungle. They called it the “Great City of...
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John Brown: The Abolitionist Executed for Inciting a Slave Rebellion in West Virginia in 1859

John Brown was a prominent leader in the American abolitionist movement during the decades leading up to the Civil...
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