The debut title in the acclaimed From African Beginnings series explores the complex and fascinating history of Africa's most ancient--and advanced--civilizations. Coretta Scott King Award winner James Haskins and Kathleen Benson take readers back in time to visit the kingdoms of Kush, whose black pharaohs ruled Egypt for nearly a century; Ghana, where between A.D. 450 and 1230 more gold was traded than anywhere else in the world; and many others. Lush illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor artist Floyd Cooper evoke the richly layered heritage of the African continent and its people and how they made a powerful impact on world history. Look for the companion books, "Bound for America" and "Building a new Land," in your local library.
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