Why Was Africa Referred to As the "Dark Continent"?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 6:12:15 AM ET
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During the middle of the 19th century, Africa was referred to as the "Dark Continent," because little was known about the mysterious land itself. The term "Dark Continent" was most likely used for the first time by United States explorer and journalist Henry Stanley.

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