A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Africa is inspirational.  The Mediterranean Sea is to the north.  The Suez Canal and the Red Sea are to the northeast.  The Indian Ocean is to the east and southeast.  Also in the southeast, south, ans west is the Atlantic Ocean.  Africa ranks second in terms of size and population.  It has 54 countries, 9 territories, and 2 independent states/countries.

 

The climate of Africa ranges from tropical to subarctic.  The northern portion is mostly desert or arid.  Central and southern portions are savanna plains, jungle/rainforest, and steppe.  Its highest peaks are subarctic.  Large and diverse populations of wild animals exist.  The flora was once abundant.  Deforestation had occurred at an alarming rate.  There are now over 3,000 protected areas.

 

The history of Africa is full and long.  Africa is the oldest human inhabited continent.  Evidence/fossils date back 7 million years.  Evidence of modern humans and settlement date back 50,000 year Before Present time dating.  Ancient Greeks and Romans began exploring and settling in Africa by 332 BC.  Christianity spread by AD 340.  Dynastic states spread by the ninth century AD.  The slave trade had been practiced actively between the 7th and 20th centuries.  European imperial powers occupied colonial territories.

 

The economy of Africa is poor and it’s the most undeveloped continent.  It is abundant in natural resources.  Corrupt governments, human rights violations, high illiteracy rates, and tribal and military conflict all contribute to the poor economy.  Poverty and a host of other problems affect a substantial portion of the people who live in Africa.

 

Many aspects of African culture have become neglected recently.  African art and architecture are diverse.  In many areas music and dance are maintained by oral traditions. Fifty-three African countries have soccer teams in the Confederation of African Football. Cricket is also a popular sport.

 

There are many reasons to travel to Africa.  From exploring cultural aspects to going on a safari, there are many travel opportunities in Africa.  The longest river, the Nile River, can be visited, as well as, Pygmy villages, jungles, and many other destinations.

 

Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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