The African Americans

Search for Truth and Knowledge

By Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Jr.


Part Ten: African River Systems and Historical Eras

Africa contains several of the world's largest river systems—the Nile, the Niger, the Congo and Zambezi. Each river system has an important place in African and world history. The Nile River flows from the Great Lakes of central and eastern Africa more than four thousand miles through Uganda, the Sudan and Ethiopia, finally emptying out into the Mediterranean Sea at the Delta near Cairo. Before the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the Nile River overflowed its banks and deposited rich soil from the interior of Africa. This process of annual seasonal overflow produced a fertile strip along the Nile Valley for more than two thousand miles. The Nile River Valley has produced some of the earliest evidence of Human development and became the source of Ethiopian-Nubian-Egyptian civilization. As a result, the Nile River Valley has been a Cradle of Humanity and Civilization.


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