Divided into 54 sovereign countries, Africa claims to have the most countries on any continent. The continental boundaries include all of the following seas; the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Red Sea to the northeast.
A huge continent
It is the second largest continent in the world for both land area and population. Africa spans over 8,000 km north to south and 7,500 km from east to west. Islands also belonging to the continent are Sri Lanka, Mauritius the Maldives and Madagascar.
Africa is a country that has a population with a wide array of races, religions, and cultures. It also boasts the world’s longest river, being the Nile, at 6,650 km long running from Burundi to Egypt. The Congo River is easily the second most significant river on the continent for volume as well as being the deepest. In some places, it is 230 metres deep.
The tallest single mountain in Africa
Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest single mountain, at 5,890 metres high. Djibouti’s Lake is also, without doubt, one of the lowest points on Earth. The coast of Africa is equally impressive, surrounded by unique islands such as Sri Lanka, Mauritius the Maldives and Madagascar.
Slavery continued in Africa between the 7th and 20th-centuries. Arab slave traders captured over 18 million slaves from Africa using the Sahara desert and Indian Ocean routes. Up to the 19th-century, the Atlantic slave trade took more than 12 million slaves to the New World. More than 1 million Europeans were also captured by pirates and sold as slaves in North Africa, right up until the 19th-century.
The gradual decline of slave trading continued thanks to a lack of demand for slaves. The cause of this was mainly due to anti-slavery legislation in both Europe and America. The British Royal Navy’s increasing presence off the West African coast obliged African states to adopt new anti-slavery laws.
A land of opportunities
European Yacht Charters will be working hard from summer 2018 to increase the number of African charter companies that partner with us. If you have a base in this incredible continent and would like to work with us, please get in touch.