History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West
During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.
Memories of Slavery: The Dark History of Sierra Leone’s Bunce Island
Bunce Island was a former slave castle located in the Sierra Leone River and was one of the largest centers of the transatlantic slave trade in West Africa. During the 17th and 18th centuries, thousands of Africans were captured,...
The Rise and Fall of Mary Faber, West Africa’s Notorious Slave Trader in the Early 19th Century
Mary Faber, also known as Mary Faber de Sange, was a descendant of African Americans who later gained prominence as a notorious slave trader in Guinea during the early 19th century.
People & Politics
British Colonies in Africa and their Dates of Independence
The years of independence for the British colonies in Africa varied, with some countries gaining independence in the 1950s and others not achieving independence until the 1980s.
Gustav Badin, the Enslaved African Who Was Gifted to the Queen of Sweden in the 18th Century
Gustav Badin was an enslaved African child who was gifted to Louisa Ulrika, the Queen of Sweden, in the 18th century.
Chief Mkwawa: the Tanzanian Chief Who Led a Fierce Rebellion Against German Colonial Forces in the Late 19th Century
Chief Mkwawa was a warrior and leader of the Hehe people, a tribe located in present-day Tanzania. He is known for his resistance against German colonial rule in the late 19th century.
Betsy Heard, the Mixed Race Woman Who Dominated the West African Slave Trade in the 18th Century
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Betsy Heard was a powerful female slave trader who rose to prominence in 18th century West Africa. Operating out of the Bereira river, she oversaw the transportation of thousands of enslaved Africans to the Americas.
Amanirenas: The One-eyed African Queen Who Defended Her Kingdom Against the Roman Empire
Queen Amanirenas was a queen of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient civilization located in what is now Sudan, during the 1st century BCE. She is known for leading her kingdom in a successful resistance against the Roman Empire during the reign of Caesar Augustus.
The Rubber Genocide: How the Quest for Wealth by Belgian King Leopold II Led to Mass Murder in Congo
Leopold II, the King of Belgium from 1865 to 1909, is infamous for his brutal rule and exploitation of the Congo Free State, a vast territory in central Africa
The Aba Women’s Riot of 1929: A Story of Bravery and Resistance Against British Oppression
The Aba Women's Protests were a series of protests led by a group of women who were fed up with the harsh treatment and unnecessary taxes imposed by the British colonial authorities.
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Queen Nanny of the Maroons: The Heroine of Jamaica’s Resistance Against Colonialism
Queen Nanny of the Maroons is a legendary figure in Jamaican history, known for her leadership of the Maroon community in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.