Juan Beltrán de Magaña (1537-1578)

Juan Beltrán de Magaña was a black conquistador of Chile. He was born in Guadalajara, Spain in 1537 to Francisco Gonzalez Mencia and Estacio de la Peña. He married Mariana Aguirre and had a legitimate son named Martin de Briones. In addition, he had an illegitimate son of … Read MoreJuan Beltrán de Magaña (1537-1578)

The Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040CE–1147CE)

The Almoravid Empire "Image Ownership: Public Domain" The Almoravids, or al-Murabitun as they called themselves, were an Islamic Berber dynasty that established an empire in Morocco and eventually took it over a wide region of Northwest Africa including modern Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and part … Read MoreThe Almoravids/al-Murabitun (1040CE–1147CE)

Santo Domingo de Guzman, The Dominican Republic (1496-)

Santo Domingo de Guzman, the capital of the Dominican Republic and the cultural, financial, and industrial center of the nation, was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, the younger brother of Christopher Columbus.  Situated on the southeastern coast of the island of Hispaniola (which The … Read MoreSanto Domingo de Guzman, The Dominican Republic (1496-)

Rabat, Morocco (10th century- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Rabat is the capital of Morocco and is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. The city was made the administrative capital after the French invaded and occupied Morocco in 1912. Rabat is also one … Read MoreRabat, Morocco (10th century- )

Bamako, Mali (11th Century– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Bamako, with a population of 1.8 million, is the largest city in the Republic of Mali. It serves as Mali’s seat of government and the country’s economic and cultural center. The city is located in the southwestern corner of Mali, along … Read MoreBamako, Mali (11th Century– )

Tunis, Tunisia (9th century BCE- )

Tunis is the largest city and capital of Tunisia. The city, which is situated on a Mediterranean Sea Gulf at the Lake of Tunis, is divided into two sectors: the old, walled, Muslim city (the medina), and the modern European quarter. The old sector neighbors … Read MoreTunis, Tunisia (9th century BCE- )

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (15th century- )

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Ouagadougou is the capital and largest city of Burkina Faso. The Mossi people settled Ouagadougou in the fifteenth century. During this period, the Mossi expanded their territorial reach through the region south of the Niger River. By the sixteenth century Ouagadougou … Read MoreOuagadougou, Burkina Faso (15th century- )

Lilongwe, Malawi (15th Century?- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Lilongwe, named after the Lilongwe River that runs through the town, became the official capital of the landlocked country of Malawi in 1975.  In 2012 Lilongwe city had an estimated population of 781,000 people making it the largest city in the … Read MoreLilongwe, Malawi (15th Century?- )

Tripoli, Libya (7th Century BCE- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Tripoli has been the capital of Libya since its independence in 1951. Tripoli is the largest city in the country and in 2002 it had an estimated population of 1,223,300 people. The city is also the chief seaport, commercial, transport, communication, … Read MoreTripoli, Libya (7th Century BCE- )