How did Africa below the equatorial line look before 1500. (This question is not what it seems. Plea

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  1. mad orc Well-Known Member

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    And I am not speaking about politics. My question is an aesthetic one.

    Notice: Before 1500.

    I have a study of African cultures and kingdoms.

    What I want to ask is.
    1)How would it look.

    Jesus it's difficult to properly frame this question .

    Look, take the regions of Great lakes Victoria, South Africa and the Namib desert.

    How much was the population.
    If we sent a European there with 21st century Malaria medicines, invisibility cloak and camera .
    Then what would he see?

    Were the people like Khoisan complete savages. Would they try to kill him immediately.

    Did these people have big villages and farms .

    What would be the frequency of seeing Humans for that European.
    Whatcweapons would they use.

    How would they look.
    Would they have leaders and stuff.


    This is not an ASB question.
    I just want to know how it would look.

    Please try to understand where I come from.

    I want to make a video called "Teleported to Medival South Africa/Namibia" .

    Basically a South African goes through a time machine and reaches to ad 1450 or something.
     
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  2. JonasResende Well-Known Member

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    Khoi and San from what I remember from my primary school history were mostly hunter-gatherers. I think there may have been cattle herding as well (but can't remember exactly). AFAIK the social structure was essentially tribal - headman and a few interconnected families. As far as them being complete savages, I don't think so. The Dutch accounts from the 1650s and 1660s (IIRC) described them as a friendly, if naive, type of people. I'm not saying they were all like that, just repeating what I remember.

    As to other native tribes - like Bantus etc - I'm afraid my knowledge there is only from the Mfecane onwards.
     
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  3. mad orc Well-Known Member

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    Hmm.
    Your reply is good.
    Not complete. But it adds up a lot.

    Thanks for it man.
    As they say, every drop leads to the Ocean.


    Everyobe: Please help.
     
  4. mad orc Well-Known Member

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    Please help
     
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    Okay.

    Bumping your thread is A BAD THING! Don't do BAD THINGS.
     
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    Oh, I also helped by moving this to the proper Forum.
     
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    Wouldn't the Bantu have been big on living in huts with thatched grass roofs? People still live in houses like that in rural Zimbabwe today as far as I am aware. Seems decently comfy considering the climate, here's a stock image of one:

    rural zimbabwe hut 2010s.jpg
    Also, the Zulu and other peoples in the area had ironworking by the early 2nd millennium AD, so expect iron-tipped spears as weaponry.
     
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  10. mad orc Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much for the info man.

    If you have something more, then please add man.
     
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  13. Albert.Nik Well-Known Member

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    Mostly Tribal/Rural settlements. Shifting Agriculture and supplemented by hunting suitable animals.
     
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  14. mad orc Well-Known Member

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    Cool.
    Thanks for the heads up man .
    :)