North East Africa 500 CE

In Nubia, the centuries-old kingdom of Kush has vanished; three kingdoms have emerged to succeed it: Nobatia, Maqurrah and Alwah. In Ethiopia, the kingdom of Aksum has become a powerful state. It has also become a ...

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What is happening in North East Africa in 500CE

In Nubia, the centuries-old kingdom of Kush has vanished; three kingdoms have emerged to succeed it: Nobatia, Maqurrah and Alwah.

In Ethiopia, the kingdom of Aksum has become a powerful state. It has also become a Christian one, converted by monks from the Byzantine empire. Ethiopian Christianity is centred around monasteries, which will play an enormous part in the cultural and political life of the country. Shortly after this time, the Ethiopians briefly control the south-western parts of the Arabian peninsula, before being driven back across the Red Sea by the Persians.

Aksum, and its port Adulis, on the Red Sea coast, are flourishing centres of trade; at this time Aksum apparently dominated the maritime trade coming up the Red Sea from India and the East.

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