Africa South of the Sahara (Modern World Cultures) by Joseph R. Oppong

By Joseph R. Oppong

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Grade 6-10-These obtainable titles are generously illustrated with colourful images, maps, and transparent charts, graphs, and different statistical facts. they aren't damaged all the way down to supply large info on person international locations, yet particularly speak about the areas as an entire. Oppong presents an in depth view of African geography, tradition, fiscal status, and political historical past. The booklet concludes with a long time line and a further-reading record that's heavy on different titles by means of the writer. Phillips does an outstanding task of organizing each one subject by way of delivering transparent and defined info. The learn is easily performed, and knowledge and facts are modern. The time line starts in 1,700,000 B.C. with the looks of Java guy and ends with the 2004 tsunami. important additions for learn and basic interest.-Amanda Conover Le, St. Johns County Public Library process, Ponte Vedra seashore, FL

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This decade is the decade of African independence. Forward then, to independence, to independence now! Tomorrow, the independent States of Africa. Similar struggles for independence continued in other places. In Kenya, for example, where the best land had been 39 0699_ch03 40 6/4/05 7:45 AM Page 40 Africa South of the Sahara reserved for white settlers, the native Kikuyu formed the Kikuyu Central Association to demand independence and take back the stolen land. During the World Wars, they had seen mzungu (whites) terrified, wounded, and killed.

Today, cultural and 28 0699_ch03 6/4/05 7:45 AM Page 29 Historical Geography historical geographers, anthropologists, and historians are trying to piece together this early history from folklore, poetry, art, and similar sources. From what is known, our early ancestors were truly fascinating. Rock paintings show that they survived by hunting and gathering and used stones for tools and weapons. Much later, perhaps 5,000 years ago, some people began to raise sheep and goats. These early peoples were able to meet the challenge of different and often extreme physical environments.

In Africa’s savanna, poachers target big game such as elephants and rhinos. The black rhino suffered a near-catastrophic decline from about 65,000 animals in the 1970s to only 2,400 in the mid-1990s. Illegal demand for horn, high unemployment, poverty, demand for land, and wars all contribute to the declining populations. Rhino horn is highly sought after by practitioners of traditional medicine in China. In the Middle East, it has traditionally been carved and polished to make dagger handles. Similarly, poachers kill elephants for their valuable ivory trunks.

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