A satellite composite image of AfricaWorld map showing Africa (geographically).Africa in the Blue marble picture, with Antarctica to the south, and the Sahara and Arabian peninsula at the top of the globe.Map of Africa 1890
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Africa

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia. At about 30,300,000 km² (11,700,000 square miles) including its adjacent islands, it covers 5.9 percent of the Earth's total surface area, and 20.3 percent of the total land area. more...

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With more than 840,000,000 people as of 2005 in 61 territories, it accounts for more than 12 percent of the world's human population.

Etymology

The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra — "land of the Afri" (plural, or "Afer" singular) — for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day Tunisia.

The Afri were a tribe — possibly Berber — who dwelt in North Africa in the Carthage area. The origin of Afer may be connected with Phoenician `afar, dust (also found in most other Semitic languages). Some other etymologies that have been postulated for the ancient name 'Africa' that are much more debatable include:

  • the Latin word aprica, meaning "sunny";
  • the Greek word aphrike, meaning "without cold" (see also List of traditional Greek place names). The historian Leo Africanus (1495-1554) attributed the origin to the Greek word phrike (φρίκη, meaning "cold and horror"), combined with the negating prefix a-, so meaning a land free of cold and horror. However, the change of sound from ph to f in Greek is datable to about the 10th century, so this is unlikely to be the origin.

Ancient Africa lay to the west of Egypt, while "Asia" was used to refer to Anatolia and lands to the east. Originally Egypt and the Levant had an indeterminate position between these locations, though as part of the Persian empire they were sometimes absorbed in the loose concept of "Asia". A definite line was drawn between the two continents by the geographer Ptolemy (85 - 165 AD), indicating Alexandria along the Prime Meridian and made the isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea the boundary between Asia and Africa. As Europeans came to understand the real extent of the continent, the idea of Africa expanded with their knowledge.

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1941 Liberia 1/2 Cent Elephant Palm Tree Sun African Wwii Collectable Coin 18mm1941 Liberia 1/2 Cent Elephant Palm Tree Sun African Wwii Collectable Coin 18mm $7.00 Botswana 1984-2002 Collection Of 13 CoinsBotswana 1984-2002 Collection Of 13 Coins $7.99
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Zambia: 1983 2 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3906) Km # 10aZambia: 1983 2 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3906) Km # 10a $3.44 Ethiopia. 1 Gersh 1895 E. Ea /1903 .1/20 Birr Manelik Ii .Silver Coin. Km# 12Ethiopia. 1 Gersh 1895 E. Ea /1903 .1/20 Birr Manelik Ii .Silver Coin. Km# 12 $19.00
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French Cameroon 1948 Set of 2 Essai Coins,1,2 Francs,Rare!French Cameroon 1948 Set of 2 Essai Coins,1,2 Francs,Rare! $108.10 Was: $115.00 Egypt Ottoman. Abdul Haziz . 1277/11 (1870)Egypt Ottoman. Abdul Haziz . 1277/11 (1870) $24.65 Was: $29.00
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1941 Liberia 2 Cents Elephant Palm Tree Sun Ship World War Ii African Coin 29mm1941 Liberia 2 Cents Elephant Palm Tree Sun Ship World War Ii African Coin 29mm $9.99 Ghana 1958-2007 Collection Of 19 CoinsGhana 1958-2007 Collection Of 19 Coins $8.99
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Silver .720 Bu 10 Piastres 1964 Egypt Coin World Money Nice Toned Orange/BlackSilver .720 Bu 10 Piastres 1964 Egypt Coin World Money Nice Toned Orange/Black $0.99 2000 Liberia $20 Silver Proof Apollo Ix Us Nasa Space Mission Lunar Module Earth2000 Liberia $20 Silver Proof Apollo Ix Us Nasa Space Mission Lunar Module Earth $37.00
1970 Guinea Silver Proof 500 Francs 7 Coin Set Ancient Egypt Km #22-28 6.538 Oz1970 Guinea Silver Proof 500 Francs 7 Coin Set Ancient Egypt Km #22-28 6.538 Oz $299.99 Comoros 1992 5 Francs Uncirculated (Km15)Comoros 1992 5 Francs Uncirculated (Km15) $9.99
2 piastres egypt 1917 silver coin2 piastres egypt 1917 silver coin $3.99 Zambia: 1992 25 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3904) Km # 29Zambia: 1992 25 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3904) Km # 29 $3.82
1889E Liberia 25C Ngc Pf65 Cameo Km-Pn22 Copper-Nickel "None Finer, One & Only"1889E Liberia 25C Ngc Pf65 Cameo Km-Pn22 Copper-Nickel "None Finer, One & Only" $1,365.00 "Finest At Ngc & Pcgs" Ngc Pf66 Rb 1889P Liberia Cent Km-Pn18 Uber-Gem Proof"Finest At Ngc & Pcgs" Ngc Pf66 Rb 1889P Liberia Cent Km-Pn18 Uber-Gem Proof $1,245.00
Mozambique 1989 Moorish Idol Fish 500 Meticais Silver Coin,ProofMozambique 1989 Moorish Idol Fish 500 Meticais Silver Coin,Proof $55.46 Was: $59.00 Uber-Cool-Gem Pattern 2 Cent Liberia Pcgs Pr66 Rd "Finest Known & Only 1" TonedUber-Cool-Gem Pattern 2 Cent Liberia Pcgs Pr66 Rd "Finest Known & Only 1" Toned $1,525.00
Egypt, rare 1/2 Millieme coin ,Sultan Husien Kamel 1917.high grade condition.Egypt, rare 1/2 Millieme coin ,Sultan Husien Kamel 1917.high grade condition. $47.90 Southern Rhodesia 1948 6 Pence, Sixpence (George Vi) / 2205Southern Rhodesia 1948 6 Pence, Sixpence (George Vi) / 2205 $5.37
Ek / Set Kwanzas Angola 2015 : 2 coins : 40 Year of the Independence : UncEk / Set Kwanzas Angola 2015 : 2 coins : 40 Year of the Independence : Unc $8.00 Zambia: 1992 1 Kwacha Coin (Unc.) (#3902) Km # 38Zambia: 1992 1 Kwacha Coin (Unc.) (#3902) Km # 38 $5.35
Rhodesia 1972 1 Cent / C1600096Rhodesia 1972 1 Cent / C1600096 $3.83 Egypte Egypt 10 piastres 1967 ( ca )Egypte Egypt 10 piastres 1967 ( ca ) $1.76
1951 Southern Rhodesia 6 Pence Colonial Zimbabwe Rare1951 Southern Rhodesia 6 Pence Colonial Zimbabwe Rare $44.99 Egypt 5 Piastres Km555 1984 Pyramid Unc Islamic Money Coin Lot X 10 Pcs CurrencyEgypt 5 Piastres Km555 1984 Pyramid Unc Islamic Money Coin Lot X 10 Pcs Currency $19.99
South Africa 1941 1 Penny (George Vi) / C1600034South Africa 1941 1 Penny (George Vi) / C1600034 $3.45 Egypt 1327/3 5 Qirsh (Silver) / 2159Egypt 1327/3 5 Qirsh (Silver) / 2159 $19.20
Zambia: 1983 1 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3899) Km # 9aZambia: 1983 1 Ngwee Coin (Unc.) (#3899) Km # 9a $3.44 2000 Liberia $20 Silver Proof 1863 Civil War The Battle Of Chancellorsville 40mm2000 Liberia $20 Silver Proof 1863 Civil War The Battle Of Chancellorsville 40mm $37.00
1952 South Africa Farthing Nice Shape Dark Patina King George Vi1952 South Africa Farthing Nice Shape Dark Patina King George Vi $17.99 South Africa 5 Rands 2015 Griqua Uncirculated Bimetallic CoinSouth Africa 5 Rands 2015 Griqua Uncirculated Bimetallic Coin $3.99
Equatorial Guinea 5000 B 1980 Essai Km-E22 Ngc Pf64Equatorial Guinea 5000 B 1980 Essai Km-E22 Ngc Pf64 00004000 $125.00 Uganda 2002 Matthew Flinders 5000 Shillings 1oz Silver Coin,Proof-DUganda 2002 Matthew Flinders 5000 Shillings 1oz Silver Coin,Proof-D $92.12 Was: $98.00
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