Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students Edition 1. by John Middleton

By John Middleton

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Based at the scholarship within the acclaimed educational Encyclopedia of Africa, that is geared toward collage and graduate scholars, this paintings offers Africa, from Egypt to Cape city and from prehistoric instances to the current day, in a structure that's inviting to school scholars. The 4-vol. set spans many disciplines with its articles on animals, meals, vacations and fairs, tribal teams, ecology, song and artwork, alternate and the financial system, geography, faith, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries. (20021101)

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The Colonial Period. Portuguese explorers reached Angola in 1483. They traded with the inhabitants and worked to convert them to Christianity. Over the next few centuries Portugal became increasingly involved in the African SLAVE TRADE, and several Angolan kingdoms were 27 africa_vol1 1/14/03 9:07 AM Page 28 Angola Angolan Art Angola has a rich artistic heritage. Masks, sculptures, and other artworks are made from ceramic, wood, ivory, and malachite (a type of green stone). These pieces often have symbolic meaning, representing themes such as life and death or the celebration of a harvest.

Most horses are found in North Africa, the Saharan and Sahelian regions, and parts of western Africa. Horses that were originally brought by European settlers live in South Africa. africa_vol1 1/14/03 9:07 AM Page 33 Animals, Domestic Unlike horses, donkeys were domesticated in Africa in the Nile Valley around 6,000 years ago. More than half the donkeys in Africa today are located near the Nile region, in northeastern Africa, and the Sahel. People ride donkeys and use them to pull plows and carry firewood, water, and other loads.

To the west of these areas, the land falls in a series of dramatic escarpments* to a narrow coastal plain, cut by fertile river valleys and dotted with natural harbors. Most of Angola’s rivers start in the interior highlands and flow through the coastal plain to the sea. Only a few of these are navigable* for any distance inland. Several rivers are tributaries* of the CONGO RIVER and the ZAMBEZI RIVER. One of Angola’s major rivers, the Kubango, flows into the Okavango Swamp—a vast swampland in northern BOTSWANA.

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