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JL's Journal

June 13, 2007

Many anthropologists consider Africa to be the cradle of human civilization.  They believe that Africa is the “mother continent” that has birthed humanity.  That’s because some of the oldest “human fossils” have been found there.  Regardless of the anthropological, geological or historical data substantiating this claim – the African continent unquestionably has played a significant role in both antiquity and modernity. 

As one of the largest and richest continents on planet earth, Africa has played a defining role in the history of the world.  Without a doubt, Africa’s history has impacted the history of much of the rest of the world.  Previously known as the “Dark Continent,” Africa has been divided and bloodied by the legacies of colonialism, slavery, tribalism and nationalism.  And the African continent today continues to be exploited by friend and foe alike for her abundant natural and mineral wealth – with gold, diamonds and oil being the most sought after and fought over. 

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