The Tragic Story of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s First Prime Minister

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Patrice Lumumba became Congo's first prime minister just as Belgium, the colonial ruler of the region, was preparing to grant her independence on June 30, 1960.
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The Forgotten Arab Slave Trade of East Africa

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The Arab slave trade in East Africa is one of the oldest, stretching back 700 years before the European transatlantic slave trade.
How Napoleon Bonaparte Predicted the Rise of China in the 19th Century

How Napoleon Bonaparte Predicted the Rise of China in the 19th Century

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About 200 years ago, Napoleon Bonaparte warned the world about China when he said, “China is a sleeping giant, let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.”
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5 Amazing Facts About the First World War

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The First World War was a universal war centered in Europe. The War to end all Wars began on July 28, 1914, and lasted until November 11, 1918.
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Top 13 Interesting Facts About Thomas Sankara

Sankara renamed Burkina Faso, or "land of the upright people", and introduce progressist policies that distanced his regime from other former French colonies.
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Thomas Sankara: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

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Thomas Sankara's body, riddled with bullets, was quickly buried in an unmarked grave while his widow, Mariam, and their two children fled the country...
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Did the Almoravids sack the Ghana Empire in 1240?

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Some modern historians argued that the notion of any Almoravid military conquest is...derived from a misinterpretation of or limited reliance on Arabic scripts.
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Why was Queen Mary I of England called ‘Bloody Mary’?

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During Queen Mary's reign, 227 men and 56 women were executed, including Bishops Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, and Thomas Cranmer...
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Was Queen Elizabeth I of England really a Virgin Queen?

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Elizabeth I died unmarried in 1603...and was hailed as England's famous Virgin Queen. Her death...simply helped to fuel rumours about her personal life.
A History of Great Zimbabwe - The Rise and Fall

A History of Great Zimbabwe: The Rise and Fall

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Great Zimbabwe was the capital city of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which controlled trade along a large part of the East African coast between 1200 and 1600...
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How Jabir Ibn Hayyan became the Father of Modern Chemistry

Jabir ibn Hayyan recognised that experiments were important to science and transformed the spiritual practice of alchemy into what would now be known as modern chemistry.
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What is the Official Language of the United States of America?

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One would think that English, which is undoubtedly the lingua franca of business and global politics today, is by default America's official language.
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What led to the Fall of the Ghana Empire in 1240?

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The Ghana Empire was situated in the western Sudan region, present-day Mauritania and Mali; crammed between the north and south of the Empire are the Sahara and the rainforests respectively.
Top 13 Most Powerful African Queens

Top 13 Most Powerful African Queens

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These African queens and warriors led men to war, ruled kingdoms, and called the shots. Some even resisted European domination and colonialism.
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The Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa

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The Great Walls of the Benin Kingdom built by the Edo people c.1055, is one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa.
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How Pope John XII turned the Vatican to a Whorehouse

John XII preferred battles to Bible study, hunting to holiness, and was a notorious adulterer and liar. The prestige of the papacy was at its lowest ebb.
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Idris Alooma, the Mai of Bornu

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Idris Alooma was known by the Kanuri title of Mai for a king...
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Pablo Escobar: Top 13 Unbelievable Facts About the Notorious Drug Lord

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Pablo Escobar was one of the wealthiest criminals in history. In 1987, his personal wealth was at least $3 billion.
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James Abram Garfield: Who Killed the 20th President of the United States?

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Who killed James Abram Garfield? Was it the assassin who shot him? His doctors led by Dr. Bliss or Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone?
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Mary Toft: The English Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits

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These rabbits were often delivered with their sharp nails intact. It was a miracle Mary Toft didn’t die of a bacterial infection.
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Nzinga Mbande: The African Queen Who Fought Portuguese Colonialism for 37 years

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Remembered for her intelligence...political and diplomatic wisdom, and her brilliant military tactics, Nzinga Mbande has become a historical figure in Angola.
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Shishak: The African King Who Sacked Jerusalem in 10th Century B.C.

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There is a high probability that Shishak sacked Jerusalem by taking their gold, silver, and other precious treasures to Egypt while simultaneously making Jerusalem subordinate to Egypt.
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