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Africa's Great Civilisations

Series 1 Episode 5: The Atlantic Age

Examining the tremendous changes that took place in Africa between the 15th and 18th centuries, including the seismic transformation as West African kingdoms encountered European mariners travelling farther and farther south along Africa's Atlantic coast, and the impact of European colonisation of the New World. Across the continent, kingdoms and empires rose and fell, with some 12.5 million Africans suffering enslavement in the crossfire.

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  • Karen McGannDirector
  • Henry Gates Jr.Host