A United States of Africa is not a new vision.
In fact the creation of a continental union of Africa’s countries into one country has its origins dating back long before Muammar Gaddafi’s vision of a United States of Africa.
In fact, Muammar Gaddafi’s vision of a United States of Africa, came from the creator's of this very website and series of blogs, The USA4USAfrica Internet Coalition started by Mark Wood in 1996.
Gaddafi answered an email and fax forwarded ti him by a Libyan newspaper which was alerted to the early United States of Africa web.
The Europeans had long held trading forts along the African coast.
They would trade with the African nations and empires for natural resources, goods and enslaved humans. Europeans even engaged in battles between one another to maintain control over these major economic trading ports. But, the Europeans dare not venture into interior Africa, with some exceptions: northern and southern Africa.
Many people, especially those living outside of Africa, tend to forget that the independent nations of Africa today have political borders that are a result of the lines that were drawn on a map at the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885. No Africans were included in this meeting. The border lines were drawn with a total disregard to the existing ethnic groups, a disregard to the existing kingdoms, empires and city states and a disregard to the existing cultures of the continent of Africa. The European Scramble for Africa began at its most aggressive pace.
African nations began to gain their independence from European powers during the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1975 Angola gained its independence from Portugal. In 1980 Zimbabwe gained its independence from its white Bristh-African Apartheid government. Finally, South Africa gained independence when in 1994 Apartheid officially ended as law and the majority black native African population could vote.
Today, some view that the Scramble for Africa now has expanded to India, China and the United States, with Europe always keeping pace.
History has shown that Europe’s wealth has supported the European diaspora once European nations began to depart from some of their traditional class systems. India’s modern wealth has boosted the wealth of Indians in the diaspora, China’s modern wealth and Japan’s modern wealth also supports the populations in each of their diasporas.
Of course there are many who do not shared in the economic benefits. Just as in the United States where many are middle class. Yet, there are still many who are in the economic under class in the United States regardless of the nation’s wealth.
Would a United States of Africa begin to provide more economic wealth for Africans and for the entire African diaspora? Is a United States of Africa a threat to those wanting Africa’s natural resources?
See the recent time-line of events creating the United States of Africa below.