Western Africa

Last Updated: 15 March 2018
Occupied since 12000 BC Western Africa includes eleven countries located in the bulge of Africa. In this area fortresses and colonial towns up and down the coast tell the sad tale of the slave trade that dominated these shores for several centuries. Today the coastline is still sometimes referred to as the Slave Coast.

Following independence many Western African countries whose borders were determined by colonialists with little insight into ethnic differences, descended into civil war. In many areas discord persists.

The wild and diverse terrain includes semi desert, tropical rain forests and sandy, white and often deserted beaches. The mighty Niger River meanders through the land.

Western Africa

The music loving people of this area are a colorful lot with a vibrant culture. The people dress in richly embroidered clothes and share dishes which over the centuries have had a strong influence on Western flavours.

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