In his six-hour series, AFRICAS GREAT CIVILIZATIONS, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and AfricVisit Africa's Great Civilizations Website
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Explore the dynamism of 19th century Africa and the "scramble” for its riches.
Explores the impact of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade.
Explores the great African cities and their wealth and industry.
Uncover complex trade networks & educational institutions in north and west Africa.
Uncover the origins of man and early human society in Africa with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. charts the rise and impact of Christianity and Islam across Africa.
Did you know that afro combs were used in ancient African civilizations?
Explore ancient African civilizations and the origin story of Ile Ife.
When it was founded in the year 1070, Marrakesh was a center of politics and law.
Explore the Great City of Meroe, third and last capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Kush.
The heart of ancient Timbuktus intellectual life was its libraries.
Did you know that the invention of ironworking has its roots in Africa?
Explore 12 churches that were carved out of rock in the ancient Ethiopian highlands.
Travel to the ancient city of Gondar in Africa's Great Civilizations.
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