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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

Discovery of African Diamonds and the Zulu Clan



Discovery of diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River in South Africa changed African Zulu life forever. Discovery of diamonds in South Africa and the Zulu Kingdom in 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire. The Zulu nation was defeated and blacks and diamond mines came under control Colony of Natal and later the Union of South Africa.



Singer sewing machine advertisement card, which was distributed at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, depicts Zulu clan members dressed in British fashion, barefoot and seeming bond at the ankles.

Changes in the Zulu Kingdom

The discovery of gold and diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River changed Zulu life forever. The Zulu Kingdom, in 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire. British troops invaded the Zulu kingdom 5,000 strong, in January 1879 but within days the British were defeated by the Zulu warriors at the battle of Isandlwana. 

Zulu warriors massacred around 1,350 British troops at their camp in the first days of the battle of Isandlwana. Despite this early win, the Zulu nation was eventually defeated and came under the control of the Colony of Natal and later to be named the Union of South Africa. 

The capture of the Zulu leader Cetshwayo kaMpande who was the nephew of the legendary Shaka Zulu, in August 1879 ended the Anglo-Zulu war after 6-months of fighting.



Proud Zulu Clan

Twenty-six years later from May 1, 1893, to October 30, 1893, about 716,881 people attended the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The day also honored the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Forty-six nations participated in the expositions 6-month event. 

The Columbian Exposition Midway’s featured a replication of a "Street in Cairo”. The "Street in Cairo," was one of the first amusement shows to introduce exotic dancing to America, needless to say, it was the most successful midway attraction in the exposition.

The Singer sewing machine advertisement card, which was distributed at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, depicts Zulu clan members dressed in British fashion, barefoot and seeming bond at the ankles. The Singer sewing ad is very different from independent semi-nomadic pastoralists of the Zulu nation just 30 years earlier.



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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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