Why has Africa been considered by some to be historically insignificant?

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  • Why has Africa been considered by some to be historically insignificant?


Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 06:30
Mediterranean North Africa had produced civilisations but Sub-Saharan Africa never progressed to a stage of inventing a written language or even inventing the wheel. The highest level of civilisation attained in Black Africa was some Bronze-age art.
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Answer #2 | 07/02 2014 20:14
I feel like this is a stupid question. Africans were considered lower beings, not actually human. They were barbarians, so history was adjusted, as well as the culture's view on them (the culture being probably the British Empire, the "civil" beings). They didn't believe Africa had any real history to it or that Africans were smart. There was one time where French men, I think, discovered fascinating architecture in Africa. They couldn't believe Africans could have possibly built it so much so that he made up an excuse that Babylonians or something had sailed to Africa and built it. Sad, really.
Answer #3 | 08/02 2014 08:28
Africa never presented a uniform face to the world and was lacking in any organized effort at imperialism like other countries did. This plus the lack of technological implementation, coupled with an abundance of easily exploitable natural resources meant that the country was destined to merely be a bit player in history.
Answer #4 | 08/02 2014 05:29
Racism. During the transatlantic slave trade (15th to 19th century) Europeans traded with African kingdoms, established diplomatic relations and sent missionaries. They wrote accounts of the political organization and events going on in some of these African kingdoms. Then some Western people turned around and said that Africans had no political organization or history, contradicting what other Westerners had written down before.

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