Images of Colonial Africa. What Constitutes Africa?. What constitutes Colonial Africa?. Colonial Africa. A historical designation of time—roughly 1860s-1960s A political description—who has institutional authority A social description—power imbalance in relationships.
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-East Africa and the Indian Ocean
Two days' sail beyond, there lies the very last market-town of the continent of Azania, which is called Rhapta; which has its name from the sewed boats (rhapton ploiarion) already mentioned; in which there is ivory in great quantity, and tortoise-shell. Along this coast live men of piratical habits, very great in stature, and under separate chiefs for each place. The Mapharitic chief governs it under some ancient right that subjects it to the sovereignty of the state that is become first in Arabia. And the people of Muza now hold it under his authority, and send thither many large ships; using Arab captains and agents, who are familiar with the natives and intermarry with them, and who know the whole coast and understand the language.
When Mansa Musa left the land of the Maghrib for the Pilgrimage he followed the desert route, and came out near the Pyramids in Egypt. He sent a rich present to al-Nasir. It is said that it included 50,000 dinars. Al-Nasir accommodated him at al-Qarafa al-Kubra and gave it to him as a fief. The sultan received him in his audience room, talked to him, gave him a gift, and supplied him with provisions. He gave them horses and camels, and sent along with him emirs to serve him until he performed his religious duty in the year 724/1324.