Art and architecture from the great African civilization of the past.
The most ancient lineage in the world is the Ethiopian Royal Family. It is older than that of the Japanese and English royal family by 6000 years. Emperor Haile Sellasie traces his ancestry to King Solomon of Isreal and the black Queen of Sheba and beyond that to Kush/Nubia/Egypt 7000 BCE.
Forbidden to wed, the Amazon warriors of Dahomey were fanatically loyal to the king, to whom they were officially married. Making up about a third of his army they held sway over the region for 250 years. They fearlessly battled the French Foreign Legion who were armed with machine guns.
The Amazons of Dahomey were a regiment of fierce female warriors that numbered at least 6,000, in what is present-day Republic of Benin. Said to be superior to male soldiers, they wielded muskets, machetes and spears. The lethal fighting force helped the king dominate the region from the mid-1600s through the 1890s.
Egyptian Pharoah Khafra (sometimes spelled Khafre) a 4th Dynasty ruler during the Old Kingdom, built the second largest pyramid at Giza, and some Egyptologists also credit him with the building of the Sphinx (although that remains a subject of debate).
The Ezana Stone, a huge monolith, was erected to enshrine King Ezana's conversion of Ethiopia to Christianity in the 4th century A.D. The events are inscribed in 3 languages: Greek, Sabaen, and Ge'ez, the written language of Ethiopia. At the site of the King's death on the battlefield, a church was hewn from stone and still stands today.
Along the Eastern coast of Africa, great port cities sprang up, like Mombassa and the Kilwa Kingdom, founded in 400 AD and serving as a destination for seafaring merchants until 1500. One of the greatest achievements of the city's architects was Husani Kubwa Palace.
The city of Carthage, located in what is now Tunisia in Africa, boasted a vast harbor with 220 docks, as this artists conception shows. The Carthaganian Empire wielded a powerful navy, and trading ships sailed daily to ports all around the Mediterranean Sea. The city was destroyed in 146 B.C. when the empire was defeated by Rome in the third Punic War
An ancient Egyptian statue of King Tut. Egypt is most definitely part of Africa, geographically and culturally. The concept of "Sub-Sahara Africa" is a European concept. The Sahara has never been a barrier to trade or travel. Ancient Egypt had an inseparable bond with Nubia and the rest of Africa.