Who discovered Africa?
Can you answer the question: "Who discovered Africa?" Of course, there were always people in Africa, and in general the resettlement of the Earth went from there. But the fact is that for a long time, Eurocentricism was fashionable in the world. This means that the Europeans considered their worldview to be the only true, and the inhabitants of other parts of the world - backward barbarians and savages. Therefore, from the point of view of a European, they “discovered”, or rather, conquered Africa, just like America.
Europeans learned about Africa in the era of the "Great Geographical Discoveries", which lasted from the 15th to the 17th centuries. It was linked with the fact that the Europeans were looking for new trade routes, exotic goods and natural resources. The Portuguese began to explore the coast of Africa in 1418. As a result, the expedition of Bartolomeu Dias rounded the coast of Africa and entered the Indian Ocean in 1488. Since travel was very expensive, they could take place only with the help of the royal courts. Expeditions to Africa patron of Prince Heinrich. He also participated in the military expansion of Africa.
The most famous explorer of Africa is David Livingstone.He was the first European to cross the Kalahari Desert, and also explored Lake Ngami, discovered Lake Dilolo. In 1855, Livingston discovered a waterfall and called it after the name of the English Queen Victoria. Livingstone also discovered Lake Nyasa and Shirva, conducted a study of the River Ruvumu and Tanganyika, in the area of the "great African lakes" discovered two large lakes Bangweoulu and Mweru.