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Fourteen Interesting Facts About the African Continent Worth Noticing

FACT 1. Africa is considered by most paleoanthropologist to be the oldest inhabited territory on Earth, with the human species originating from the continent. During the middle of the 20th century, anthropologists discovered many fossils and evidence of human occupation perhaps as early as 7 million years ago.

FACT 2. Africa is the second largest continent in the world.
All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the “scramble for Africa”, except Ethiopia and Liberia.

FACT 3. There are over 1,500 different languages in Africa. Arabic is spoken by 170 million people on the continent, followed in popularity by English (130 million), Swahili (100), French (115), Berber (50), Hausa (50), Portuguese (20) and Spanish (10).

FACT 4. The world's largest desert, the Sahara, is located in Africa. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world and is bigger than the continental USA.

The Nile River is the longest river in the world with a total length of 6,650 kilometres, flowing through Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. Lake Victoria is also the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world.

FACT 6. Africa has over 85% of the world’s elephants and over 99% of the remaining lions are on the African continent. The Serengeti (Tanzania) hosts the world’s largest wildlife migration on Earth with over 750,000 zebra marching ahead of 1.2 million wildebeest as they cross this amazing landscape

FACT 7. Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa with an estimated population of 125 - 145 million people. There are also over 1 million Chinese citizens on the African continent. Angola alone has a population of over 350,000 Chinese. be continued

Fourteen Interesting Facts About the African Continent Worth Noticing Fourteen Interesting Facts About the African Continent Worth Noticing Reviewed by commentsafrica on October 29, 2017 Rating: 5

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