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Andries Pretorius

Overview page. Subjects: World History — African Studies.

(1798–1853)

Boer leader and general. After several frontier campaigns against the Xhosa he took part in the Great Trek, and became commandant-general of the Boers after Piet...

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Benin

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

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A kingdom in southern Nigeria famous for bronze casting. Using the cire perdue technique, metalworkers cast human heads and relief plaques in a long series which stylistic...

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Cape Verde

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

A country comprising an archipelago of volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 563 km (350 miles) westof Cape Verde Peninsula, Senegal, the most westerly point of Africa.

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Cetshwayo

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

(c. 1826–84)

Zulu king. Cetshwayo became ruler of Zululand in 1873. He increased his army to defend his territory against the Boers and defeated the British at Isandhlwana in 1879....

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Comoros

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

The Comoros have suffered from endless coups and inter-island tensions

The Comoros consist of three volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest is Grande Comore (also called...

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Congo

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

The smaller of the two Congos is potentially oil rich, but its recurring civil war has held back development

The country's official name is the Republic of the Congo, though it is...

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Côte d'Ivoire

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

A tropical West African country, bounded on the west by Liberia and Guinea, on the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, and on the east by Ghana.

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Its south-facing...

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Dahomey

Overview page. Subjects: World History — African Studies.

A former kingdom in West Africa. In the 16th century the kingdom of Allada, with which the Portuguese had commercial relations, was founded. Two further kingdoms of Abomey and Adjatché (now...

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East African Community

Overview page. Subjects: World History — African Studies.

(1967–77)

An economic association of East African countries. It began with a declaration of intent (June 1963) between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to improve trade, communications,...

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Equatorial Guinea

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — World History.

A small country in equatorial West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea.

Physical.

Equatorial Guinea includes the plateau of Río Muni bounded by Cameroon and Gabon, and the more...

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