As for Africa, scientists have formerly concluded that it is the birthplace of mankind, as large numbers of human-like fossils (discovered no where else) were found on the continent, some dating back 3.5 million years.
About 1.75 million years ago, early man spread throughout parts of Africa.
In some parts of Africa, slave-like practices continue to this day and have proven difficult to eliminate.
Wholesale colonization of Africa by European countries began in 1814 when the Portuguese grabbed all of the available pieces. By 1920, the forced occupation of African lands began to sour in Europe, and change was in the wind.
Meanwhile, the Egyptians continued to spread their culture across Northern Africa, and kingdoms were created in Sudan.
The Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime trading culture from Tunisia in north Africa; only to be destroyed by the Romans in 146 BC.
France became one of the first countries to abolish slavery in 1794.
Britain banned slave trade in 1807, but it was not officially abolished for good until 1848.
It involved West Indies and then sugar and other products back to Europe.
At the same time, Barbary pirates along the North African coast captured thousands of ships.