Battuta's travels

africa

facts about africa

There are 54 countries and one “non-self governing territory”, the Western Sahara, in Africa.

All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and liberia.The Pharaonic civilization of ancient Egypt is one of the world’s oldest and longest-lasting civilizations.African continent is the world’s oldest populated area.

three things that battuta did or saw in africa

Thursday, April 3rd, 9pm

Africa

"My departure from Tangier, my birthplace, took place ... with the object of making the Pilgrimage to the Holy House [at Mecca] and of visiting the tomb of the Prophet [in Medina], God's richest blessing and peace be on him. I set out alone having neither fellow-traveler in whose companionship I might find cheer, nor caravan whose party I might join, but swayed by an overmastering impulse within me and a desire long-cherished in my bosom to visit these illustrious sanctuaries. So I braced my resolution to quit all my dear ones, female and male, and forsook my home as birds forsake their nests. My parents being yet in the bonds of life, it weighed sorely upon me to part from them, and both they and I were afflicted with sorrow at this separation."