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-)

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- )

St. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Statue of St. Maurice c. 1240-1250, Magdeburg Cathedral of St. Maurice and St. Catherine, Author Unknown, Pictures @ 1979 Menil Foundation,  Houston, Texas Image Courtesy of the Menil Foundation St. Maurice is commemorated throughout churches in modern Germany as a black African dressed as a … Read MoreSt. Maurice (ca. 250-ca. 287)

Great Zimbabwe (ca. 1000-1550 AD)

  Interior of Great Zimbabwe Image Ownership: Public Domain The city of Great Zimbabwe existed in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa from the 11th century to the mid-16th century.  The city grew from a community of farmers and cattle herders to a major economic center, … Read MoreGreat Zimbabwe (ca. 1000-1550 AD)

Ancient Nubia (ca. 5000 BC – 500 AD)

Nubian Princess in Her Ox-Chariot Image Ownership: Public Domain The ancient land of Nubia stretched from the Middle and Upper Nile River Valley, from the First cataract of the Nile River down to the merging of the White and Blue Nile Rivers.  Many cultures populated … Read MoreAncient Nubia (ca. 5000 BC – 500 AD)

East African City States

Modern Map Showing the Area of the East African City States Image Ownership: Public Domain From approximately 1000 to 1500 AD, a number of city-states on the eastern coast of Africa participated in an international trade network and became cosmopolitan Islamic cultural centers. The major … Read MoreEast African City States