Interactive map: Political history of Africa

Why does Africa seem to have so many political problems?

For starters, imagine if the U.S. had been run by Belgium, then was given to France which in 1960 just packed up and left when colonialism fell out of fashion. With the difficult birth of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, it’s worth considering Africa’s political history.

The Guardian has made it easy with this interactive map (below is just a screen grab):


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  • Anonymous

    It’s a good quick overview, but glosses over some important details like colonial administrations forcing subsistence farmers to raise cash crops to pay taxes, and the large role that African soldiers played in WWII, particularly in Southeast Asia.