British Broadcasting Company - Ghana Timeline

British Broadcasting Company - Nigeria Timeline
Covers 1861 - April 2003.

British Broadcasting Company - World Service - Africa
Use the Search box to locate a history timeline and country profile for African countries.

British Broadcasting Company - The Story of Africa
"...the history of the continent from an African perspective." "from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid" by major African historians (Jacob Ajayi, George Abungu, Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya and others). Includes audio of each segment of the BBC program. (Requires sound card, speaker or headphone). Each segment has a timeline, bibliography, useful links.

Burkina Faso
In French. Official Burkina Faso government site. Chronology covers 12000 BP (BC + 2000) - 1960.

Carey, Brycchan - Slavery Chronology
A chronology of slavery, abolition, and emancipation, from the fifteenth century to the present day with details of the main historical and cultural events related to slavery. Dr. Carey is Lecturer in English Literature, Kingston University, U.K. [KF]

[Central African Republic] Sangonet
In French. Site with a large section about the CAR, news, history, politics, society, has a chronology of the "Présence française en Oubangui-Chari (1800-1966)." Site based in Le Blanc Mesnil, France.

Chronological References: Cabo Verde / Cape Verdean American
Twenty page chronology of Cape Verde, 1460-1997, by Raymond A. Almeida. Part of the Cape Verde Page maintained by Almeida and Richard Leary.

Congonline - Chronology of DRC History
In French. 500 - 1960. From Afriq'Info a.s.b.l., Bruxelles, Belgium.

Democratic Republic of Congo Assessment
Version 4 September 1999" prepared by the U. K. Immigration & Nationality Directorate, Home Office, Country Information and Policy Unit. 35 pages. Includes a history since independence and a chronology (1885 to August 1999). Part of which helps individuals win asylum. [KF]

Dutch Portuguese Colonial History
Dutch in South Africa, Portuguese language heritage in Africa, European forts in Ghana, Madagascar, Chronology of Portuguese possessions in Africa, Chronology of Dutch Possessions in Africa, the Dutch in Mauritius, bibliographies. Maintained by Marco Ramerini from Firenze, Italy.

Brief chronology from 1889 - June 2000. From the Paris newspaper, Le Monde diplomatique.

France. Bibliotheque nationale. Voyages en Afrique - Chronology
In French. "900 volumes de textes, 30 titres de revues, 80 cartes venant des collections imprimées de la BnF, 20 heures d'enregistrements sonores des fonds du Musée de la parole et du geste et 6500 photographies issues des fonds de la Société de géographie." Access documents by type (books, journals, maps, photographs), geographic area, era. Part of the French national library's Gallica site.
Contents include a bibliography and a chronology.

Goans in Africa - Kenya
16th century to 1963. From the Goa web site, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Histoire de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
In French. Site created by historians from West African universities. Contents include un annuaire des historiens [with current research, publications, activities), news (conferences, publications, etc.), chronologies for West Africa and each of the countries covered: Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Mali, Sénégal. Has historical maps from the book, Afrique Noire. Histoire et civilisations, edited by Elikia M'BOKOLO (Paris, Hatier, 2004 - right click and open separately for a larger map) and a bibliography on West African history. The website has support from the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie. [KF]

Internet African History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall
Has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics. Includes the Black Athena Debate, human origins, Egypt, Nubia, Ethiopia, Islam in Africa, West African kingdoms, Great Zimbabwe, religion, the slave trade, excerpts from "Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African" (London, 1789),  David Livingstone, excerpt from Edward Morel's Black Man's Burden, 1903, Nkrumah, the "Loi-Cadre" of June 23, 1956, Jomo Kenyatta speech 1952, Arusha Declaration, 1967, speech by Kenneth Kaunda on African Development and Foreign Aid (1966), statements/speeches on Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence 1965, and more. Maintained by Paul Halsall, Fordham University. [KF]

Kenyatta, Jomo - Chronology
Chronology of Jomo Kenyatta's life and thus part of Kenya's history (late 19th c. to 1978). Text is copyright by Newspread International, and is taken from the Kenya Factbook, 15th edition, 1997-1998.

[Liberia] PBS. Liberia's Civil War
Profile of Charles Taylor, articles from 1996 to 2003, video clips, article by Somini Sengupta, New York Times reporter. Essays and lessons for schools (The Story of Liberia, Liberia and the U.S., economic factors and U.S. foreign policy), a historical chronology, From PBS, the public television organization. [KF]

Mariners Museum, Virginia - Age of Exploration
Exhibit designed for K-12. Timeline of exploration by Hanno, Ibn Battuta, Bartholemeu Dias, Prince Henry the Navigator

Metropolitan Museum of Art. Timeline of Art History
The African Art section covers different regions (Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Guinea Coast, Southern Africa, Western & Central Sudan, Archaeology & Rock Art). Maps, bibliographies, timeline for the continent. Explanations of features in the works depicted. Covers pre-colonial African empires & kingdoms, Islam in Africa, Christianity in Ethiopia and the Kongo Kingdom, African leadership, women, Trade among European and African precolonial nations, etc.

Minorities at Risk
See the Sub-Saharan Africa table. Click on the ethnic group name to find a chronology. Dates vary. The project is based at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland. [KF]

Mozambique History
300 A.D. to 1993. Site by Natalina Teixeira Monteiro, a CapeVerdian Ph.D. student at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ). Part of her "Mozambique, Women in the Informal Economy."

Senegal Chronology - Centre d'?tude d'Afrique noire, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (Universit? Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV)
In French. 1959 - to date.

Senegal Online - History Chronology
Select History, then Key Dates. 2nd century to 2000. Site based in France.

[Sierra Leone] Accord - "Paying the Price. The Sierra Leone Peace Process"
Full text of the Accord Special issue, No. 9. Includes documents (The Abidjan Agreement, Conakry Peace Plan, Lome Agreement), a Chronology, 1787-June 2000, profiles of key figures/organizations, maps, a bibliography with web sites. Published by Conciliation Resources, London, U.K. [KF]

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - African Voices
Select History. Then each section has a timeline at the bottom of the screen. Covers human origins to the present.

[Somalia] Chronology of Digil & Mirifle History of Somalia
Part of ArlaadiNet created by Somali Inter-Riverine Community Assoc., Bankstown, Australia. [KF]

Republic of South Africa: A Chronology
200 A.D. to 1998. Part of the site for Post Imperial and Post Colonial Literature in English, by Sean O'Toole, a South African who studied English literature at the University of Witwatersrand between 1987-89. Based at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island).

[South Africa] Luckhardt, Ken and Brenda Wall - "Organize or Starve: the History of the South African Congress of Trade Unions"
Full text of the print publication, (London : Lawrence and Wishart, 1980. 520 pp.) Includes a trade union chronology 1919-1963.

South African History Online - Chronology
An NGO, people's history online, based in Sunnyside, South Africa. Has a History of Film in South Africa (including a chronology), a history classroom section, This Day in History, a chronology of South African history, topics (African independence, Black Consciousness, Black education, Gandhi, Paul Kruger, Umkhonto we Sizwe, passive resistance, the United Nations and apartheid, apartheid legislation, Nelson Mandela, HIV AIDS in South Africa, etc.). [KF]
The Online Wall of Remembrance has biographies / photographs of anti-apartheid leaders, a list of banned people. "We are inviting you to help us with biographical details, letters, diaries, articles, photographs and reminiscences on those South Africans, people in your family communities people who played a leading role in the struggle."
Imbokodo - Womens' Struggle in South Africa has a women's chronology, biographies / photographs, historical account from 1828, profiles of women's organizations, women's issues, sources.
Dutch East India Company, Vereenigde Landsche Ge-Oktroyeerde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC History:
The Great Trek:
Organization Histories. The African National Congress, United Democratic Front (includes posters)
The Rand Rebellion of 1922:
Sharpeville, 21 March 1960: includes classroom topics.
June 16 - Youth Day, the Soweto Uprising:
South African Wars:
Treason Trial, 1956-1961: with brief biographies of the defendants.

[Sudan] Lobban, Richard - Chronolgy of Ancient Nubia
Covers from 3-1.5 Million BP to 1504 AD. From the book, Historical Dictionary of Ancient Nubia, Scarecrow Press. To be pub. 2002. One can contact Dr. Lobban at:

Togo - Union des forces de changement, UFC
In French. 15th century to 1963 and 1963 to 1991. From an opposition Togolese party based in France.

Yale University. Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition
15th to 19th century timeline of slavery in the U.S. Part of the Lesson Plan for the Amistad Case from the Center.


Print Sources

Author: Kalley, Jacqueline A. (Jacqueline Audrey)
Title: Southern African political history : a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997 / compiled by Jacqueline A. Kalley, Elna Schoeman, and L.E. Andor ; assisted by Abdul Samed Bemath, Claire Kruger, and Beth Strachan ; foreword by Peter Vale. Imprint: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999. Physical Description: xvii, 904 p. : map ; 25 cm. Covers Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (1961 + ), Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.