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Africa's place in the world short facts and history

Africa's place in the world short facts and history

Africa is not poor in wealth, history and uniqueness, Africa is rich in natural resources and culture.

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Africa's place in the world short facts and history

Africa, the Americas, Antarctica, Asia, Australia together with Oceania, and Europe are considered Continents. The term continent is used to differentiate between the various large areas of the earth into which all the land surface of Earth is divided. Continents ordered from largest in area to smallest, they are Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia. Africa is the second largest continent covering 20.5% of the earth’s total land area.

Africa is a continent about 132 Million years old. At hand are three dominant theories on how Africa received her name. Afri, the name of peoples in North Africa located near Carthage under Roman rule in modern Tunisia in the third century B.C., second is from the Greek word Aphrike meaning without cold and lastly, in Latin, Aprica means sunny or always hot derived from the Egyptian sun God Ra.

Africa and Europe are separated by less than 9 miles at the Strait of Gibraltar. Popular for the ancient Egyptian Pyramids and its vast cultural heritage, the African continent is also known to be the origin of human existence, oral and written language. Africa is also known for the African Plate, which is a major, tectonic plate straddling the equator as well as the prime meridian. It includes much of the continent of Africa, as well as an oceanic crust that lies between the continent and various surrounding ocean ridges.

There is an extensive amount of ethnic diversity in Africa and genetic evidence is now pointing to East Africa as the cradle of humanity. In 1924, the Taung child a fossilized skull of a young child who lived about 2.8 million years ago in Taung, South Africa was discovered. Lucy at 3.2 million years old in November 1974 in the Afar region of Ethiopia was unearthed.

In 1987, three scientists announced in the journal Nature that they had found a common ancestor to us all, African Eve was a woman who lived in Africa 150,000 years ago. The theory is all people alive today can trace some of their genetic heritage through their mothers back to this one woman. In 2008 another species of Australopithecus, A. sediba was discovered in South Africa, it lived around 2 million years ago.

Countries with the most immigrants to the U.S. are Nigeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Somalia, Eritrea, and Kenya. The most populous countries in Africa are Nigeria 184 million, Ethiopia 99 million, Egypt 85 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo 72 million and South Africa 54 million people. Namibia in Southern Africa is one of the least densely populated African countries, 2.9 people per sq km or 2.9 people per 247 acres.

Many of Africa’s cities are changing so rapidly that they are barely recognizable when compared to what they were a decade ago. South Africa’s' Johannesburg is Africa’s most visited City followed by Cape Town South Africa, Cairo Egypt, Casablanca Morocco, and Durban South Africa. Durban also is known as eThekweni in the Zulu language has one of the world’s largest aquariums, uShaka Sea World. Dinka also called Jieng, live in the savanna country in South Sudan. Dinka is among one of the tallest tribes in Africa.

Conflict-minerals have fueled and continue to help fund and sustain armed violence in Africa. Companies that are required to file a Conflict-Minerals Report must exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of their conflict minerals. 3TG is a sign commonly used for four minerals; 3TG is Tungsten, Tantalum, Tin, and Gold. The 3T's stand for Tungsten, Tantalum, Tin and the G stands for gold. 3TG are the most common conflict minerals. Materials used to make cell phone have a direct influence on human rights in Africa. Oil-rich countries such as Equatorial Guinea, Angola have Africa's highest GDP per capita along with Algeria, Libya and Gabon, and mineral-rich Botswana.

Food is not the main imported item into Africa however, machinery and equipment top the list. The main imported commodities of Africa are machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, scientific instruments, and foodstuffs. Recent growth in the economy of Africa is due to growth in soft commodities, services, and manufacturing. Africa is the world’s fastest-growing continent by population and economy and is expected to rise by an average of over 6 percent a year.

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