Europe and Africa

Europe and Africa - Europe and Africa: First Encounters...

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Europe and Africa: First Encounters Europe and Africa Pre 14 th century Christian Europe o Little interest and knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa Cultural and economic barrier separating Europe from sub- Saharan Africa European reliance on Muslim merchants in the trade between Europe and Africa o Major European trade centers: Naples, Venice, Genoa, Pisa, Marseilles Trade with Muslim middlemen provides knowledge of black Africans in the Sudan Muslim middlemen control trans Saharan trade. Jealously guarded their supply sources against European intrusion Very little knowledge about area below the Sahara, didn’t really want to know, air of superiority already Pre 15 th century knowledge and contact Awareness of Africa since roman times 2 nd and 3 rd century traditions of 3 wise men being black legends of Queen of Sheba, biblical reference to “Ethiopians” between 10 th and 13 th century reports of merchants and missionaries who had managed to travel into the interior at
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