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What Africa would look like without colonization

This one is obviously speculation, but it?s particularly interesting to see just how many more divisions there are from modern-day Africa and how they don?t remotely reflect today?s current borders. The map was constructed based on the tribal and political maps before 1844.

Don’t?be fooled believing this lot would be living a life of bliss and peace. The tribal in-fighting in Africa was rife long before Colonisation. Africa was originally called the dark continent, not because of some racial stereotype, but largely due to the perceived savagery of the people living there. When the ‘Voortrekkers’ left the Cape for the ‘Promised Land’ the Transvaal, they encountered many tribal battle sites. These sites were scattered with the sun-bleached?bones of thousands of men, woman and children due to centuries of tribal infighting. Africa does not believe in taking prisoners.

It is thought that Europe did not know much about Africa until the 19th century, but that answer is misleading and disingenuous. Europeans had known quite a lot about Africa for at least 2,000 years, but because of powerful imperial impulses, European leaders began purposefully ignoring earlier sources of information. At the same time, the?campaign against slavery?and for missionary work in Africa actually intensified Europeans? racial ideas about African people in the 1800s. They called Africa the Dark Continent, because of the mysteries and the savagery they expected to find in the ?Interior.”