Timeline of Africa Project

  • 200

    Aksum Controls Trade

    The city state of Aksum controls trade in the Red Sea Area.
  • Period: 200 to Jan 1, 1400

    African Kingdoms

  • 476

    Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Roman Empire collapses.
  • 500

    Trade of Salt for Gold

    A brisk trade of salt for gold develops in North and West Africa.
  • Jan 1, 600

    Aksum Declines

    Aksum begins to decline as Arabs take control of trade routes.
  • Jan 1, 600

    Arab Invasion

    Arabs take control of Egypt and began to invade the areas west of it. They also bring the Islamic religion with them.
  • Jan 1, 620

    Founding of Islam

    Mohamed is born and begins the Islamic faith.
  • Period: Jan 1, 620 to Mar 14, 1400

    Rise of City States

    Some East African cities grew into powerful city states. Powerful city states were: Malindi, Mombasa, Great Zimbabwe, and Kilwa.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to

    European Conquest

  • Jan 1, 1420

    Conquering City States

    Portugal conquers many city states wanting to establish its own trading empire.
  • Jan 1, 1482

    The First Permanent Trading Post

    THe Portugese build the first permanent trading post in West Africa at Elmina.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to

    The African Slave Trade

    The Atlantic Slave Trade shipped thousands of Africans to the New world in Horrible conditions.
  • Period: to


  • The Scramble for Africa

    The Scramble for Africa leads to the Berlin conference, where wanting to avoid war, European leaders divide Africa amongst themselves.
  • Forming Political Parties

    African leaders form political parties to build nationilism.
  • World War II Ends

    The end of World War II inspires many Africans to fight for freedom.
  • Period: to

    Present-day Africa

  • Britain gives up her Colonies

    The U.K begins to let go of it's African colonies.
  • Arab Spring

    Mohamed Bouazizi's public imollation sets off protests and and demonstrations across Africa.