History of Africa By lefty907 200 Aksum Controls Trade The kingdom Aksum controlled a trade network that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to India. Period: 200 to Jan 1, 1400 African Kingdoms 300 Aksum Turns To Christianity Many people in Akskum became Shristian as mews about the religion spread. Aksum soon became a center of the early Ethiopian Christian Church. 476 Roman Empire Falls Surrounding empires destroy Roman Empire. Jan 1, 600 Aksum's Decline Aksum began to decline as Arabs took control of much of the region's trade. Jan 1, 600 Swahili Devolopes Trade affected the culture of coastal East Africa. Some of the traders who visited the area or settled were Muslim. They were introduced to this new language. Jan 1, 600 Arabs Take Control Of Egypt This marks the start of Arab rule in North Africa. Jan 1, 1200 Mali Arises The Kingdom of Mali and Mali's Kings controlled the gold mines of South Africa and salt supplies of North Africa Jan 1, 1300 Great Zimbabwe Reaches the Peak of its Power Great Zimbabwe was located near the bend of the Limpopo River in Southern Africa. Ruins still remain in present time. Jan 1, 1400 Portuguese Come To Africa They began sailing along Africa's West Coast in search of gold. Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Jan 1, 1800 European Conquest Period: Jan 1, 1498 to Jan 1, 1600 Portuguese Take Control When 3 Portuguese ships rounded the tip of Southern Africa and sailed along Africa's Eant Coast, this began. They controlled the wealth of East Africa's Coast until way into the 1600's. Jan 1, 1500 Kilwa & other East African City-States are Conquered They were conquered by Portugal, and were used for Portugual's idea for their own trading empire. Jan 1, 1518 First Slave Ship Leaves Port This marks the start of the "Slave Trade." Period: Jan 1, 1800 to Jan 1, 1950 Independence Jan 1, 1850 Europeans Colonize Africa The "Slave Trade" ends, and Europe begins colonizing Africa. Sep 2, 1945 World War II Ends This inspires Africans to fight for freedom. Period: Jan 1, 1950 to Mar 14, 2012 Present-Day Africa Jan 1, 2010 Arab Spring Begins The uprise for freedom in Arab countries, after Mohammed Boazizi lights himself on fire, begins.