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Medieval and Early Modern Africa

How well do you know the most important events and figures in the history of medieval and early modern Africa?
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Last updated: February 28, 2022
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1. On which shores did the Kingdom of Aksum exist between the 2nd and 7th centuries?
Red sea
Indian ocean
Mediterranean sea
Atlantic ocean
2. Which rich empire in West Africa was called the "land of gold" by Arab writers?
Gambia Empire
Mali Empire
Ghana Empire
Senegal Empire
3. Which city became the capital of the Fatimid Caliphate in 969?
Casablanca
Algiers
Tripoli
Cairo
4. Which city was founded in 1070 as the imperial capital of the Almoravid Empire?
Marrakesh
Dakar
Tartessos
Rabat
5. Who defeated Fatimid dynasty in 1171?
Richard the Lionheart
Hannibal
Shaka Zulu
Saladin
6. Who founded the Mali Empire in the 13th century?
Sundiata Keita
Askia Muhammad I
Mansa Musa
Idi Amin
7. Ibn Battuta was known for exploring Africa, Europe, the Middle East and India for 30 years. Where was he from?
Morocco
Egypt
Mali
Algeria
8. What was the capital of the Songhai Empire established by Sonni Ali?
Gao
Timbuktu
Djenné
Cartaghe
9. Which medieval city in southern Africa became a center of trade and which exported mainly gold, copper and ivory?
Great Mozambique
Great Botswana
Great Zambia
Great Zimbabwe
10. The Battle of Carthage was fought in 698 between a Roman expeditionary force and the armies of which Caliphate?
Kairouan
Ottoman
Umayyad
Abbasid
11. Which city was established in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck and other employees of the United East India Company as the way-station for ships travelling to the Dutch East Indies?
Durban
Luanda
Libreville
Cape Town
12. In the territory of which modern-day country Osei Tutu founded the Ashanti Empire in 1670?
Somalia
Gabon
Ghana
Senegal
13. Which Scottish explorer of West Africa wrote a popular and influential travel book titled Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa?
Mungo Park
Charles Gordon
James Bruce
David Livingstone
14. Boers are the descendants of the Dutch-speaking Free Burghers Southern Africa. What does "boer" mean?
Farmer
Sailor
Soldier
Priest
15. Who assassinated Shaka Zulu in 1828?
His wife
British soldiers
His half-brothers
Ndwandwe tribe
16. What African country was founded by freed American slaves in 1821?
Benin
Cameroon
Gambia
Liberia
17. In which year was Suez Canal officially opened?
1669
1969
1769
1869
18. Who was the first European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa (Cape of Good Hope)?
Vasco da Gama
Ferdinand Magellan
Bartolomeu Dias
Christopher Columbus
19. Where was Eureka Diamond discovered in 1867?
Angola
South Africa
Namibia
Tunisia
20. In 1853-56 who made the first known crossing Africa from east to west and discovering Victoria Falls?
John Hanning
David Livingstone
Henry Stanley
Richard Burton
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Level 86
Mar 16, 2022
Good quiz!
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Level 53
Mar 16, 2022
Thanks :)