Africa 1500 BCE

The civilization of Ancient Egypt, in the Nile Valley, is reaching new heights.

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What is happening in Africa in 1500BCE

In the valley of the Nile, Egypt’s New Kingdom is one of the leading powers in the Middle EastNubia is under Egyptian rule at this time. To the south, in a vast area stretching from the present-day Sudan into West Africa and down into East Africa, semi-nomadic populations of cattle herders occupy the land.

Probably by this date, a crucial breakthrough has been made. Somewhere within this huge territory the domestication of sorghum and millet has occurred. These cereals, much more difficult to domesticate than the wheat and barley which originated in western Asia, are suitable for tropical farming and will become the staple crops in the region. For now, however, populations of hunter-gatherers live throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa.

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