Thoughts on Africa’s History

written 11/6

I’ve been sick for the last week which unfortunately has stymied a lot of the progress we hoped to make in these few weeks. However, as a slight recompense, I’ve gotten to read a wonderful book called Africa: A Biography of a Continent by John Reader (Margot- I get the feeling you would really like this book.) It details the history of the continent and its inhabitants, beginning with the formation of the land mass and ending with the simultaneous genocide in Rwanda and the election of Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1994. It looks at these events through a broad range of lenses, including anthropological, climatic, economic, and linguistic.

There are two passages in particular that made me think about Tabora, both are related to the overwhelming dependence on corn for sustenance and the undependable rainfall…

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