By John Middleton

Delivering a entire examine the continent of Africa and the international locations that include it, this ebook describes its peoples and cultures, tune and artwork, alternate and economic climate, vacations and gala's, tribal teams, ecology, faith, fossil and skeleton discoveries, the land and its background, paintings and structure and way of life. It examines Africa from prehistoric occasions to the current day.

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642, it slowly declined over the next several hundred years. africa_vol1 1/14/03 9:06 AM Page 17 Algeria The French occupied Alexandria from 1798 to 1801. Then in the early 1800s the Ottoman viceroy Muhammad Ali brought new life to the city by building a canal to the Nile River and by encouraging foreign traders to settle there. Alexandria thrived as a result of the newly established cotton trade. After the SUEZ CANAL opened in 1869, the city once again became a major trading post between Europe and Asia.

HISTORY From earliest times, Algeria’s location along the shores of the Mediterranean made it a prime attraction for invaders and settlers from the Middle East and Europe. Controlled by the Roman and Ottoman Empires for various periods of its history, Algeria was ruled by the French for more than 100 years before gaining independence in 1962. Early History. The original inhabitants of Algeria lived in the Ahaggar region as early as 40,000 years ago, before the Sahara became a desert. Rock paintings dating back about 6,000 years show the diverse wildlife once found in the region: elephants, hippopotamuses, and crocodiles.

Archaeologists have found many ancient images of domestic cats, including statues, cat-shaped toys, and a carving of a girl holding a kitten. , Egypt experienced a great revival in animal worship. Among the most popular cults was that of Bastet, the cat goddess. An impressive temple was built for her, and worshipers left mummified cats with decorative masks and wrappings in her honor. Vast cat cemeteries lay nearby. The Greek historian Herodotus reported that whenever a cat died, the Egyptians shaved their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.

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