World History 1 145 - 9.4 North Africa’s Mediterranean and Trans-Saharan Connections

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe the interactions between North Africa, the Levant, and Europe
  • Analyze the trade routes from North Africa to the Mediterranean, the Sahara, and the Levant

The Mediterranean coast of North Africa has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia. Beginning in the first millennium BCE, it was occupied successively by a string of invaders, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, and Arabs, and it has been the site of countless internal migrations, as in the case of the Mauri and Massylii peoples. One result of these interactions was a long-term process of cultural commingling, reabsorption, and acculturation that has left a rich tapestry of human societies in its wake.

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The content of this course has been taken from the free World History, Volume 1: to 1500 textbook by Openstax