Category Archives: Africa-West

Sahelian City-States in the Western Sahel: Part 2

Recent and ongoing events in the Sahel by way of food crises, religiously based conflict, ethnically based conflict, and military coups are intertwined.  They are the most recent iterations of  interdependent political, economic, religious, social, and cultural changes that have … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Paula Deen

Originally posted on Afroculinaria:
An Open Letter to Paula Deen: Photo Courtesy of: Johnathan M. Lewis Dear Paula Deen, So it’s been a tough week for you… believe me you I know something about tough weeks being a beginning food…

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The Adventures of Mary Gaunt, Alone in West Africa in 1910

Not an explorer – too late for that – but certainly one of the most interesting travelers in Africa during the colonial period, whose insights bring to life colonial times along the west African coast. This is the first of … Continue reading

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More Adventures of Mungo Park, Who Describes Hunger Crops in the Western Sahel, 1797

Mungo Park routinely describes foods and crops – as well as cooking and serving methods – throughout his extensive travels in west Africa.  His are amongst the most detailed sources on these topics for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth … Continue reading

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Mungo Park Discovers a Toll Bridge made of Bamboo in the Western Sahel, 1797

During the several years of travel in the western Sahel of Africa, Mungo Park kept detailed records of the geography as well as of the people and flora and fauna of the areas through which he traveled. In this brief … Continue reading

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Cuisines and Crops of Africa, 18th Century: Food and Farming in Timbuktu

In about 1789, the merchant and voyager Abd Salam Shabeeny  set out from his home city, the Moroccan port town of Tetuan (above picture), for Germany in order to procure items for use in his trans-Saharan caravan trade business.  On the way he … Continue reading

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City States in the Sahel: Pre-European Kingdoms of West Africa – Part 1

With the current efforts of France to address the efforts of Islamists in northern Mali, I am revising and reposting this blog on Sahelian history.    Introduction: Recent events in the West African Sahel by way of food crises, religiously … Continue reading

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