A look at histories and historical narratives of people around the Africana World.
Abu Abdalla ibn Battuta was an islamic traveller in the 14th century. He was of Berber descent and was originally from Morocco. He started travelling at age 20, originally with the intent of making a Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. He began his travels in Eastern Africa, working his way west. Throughout his journeys, he kept detailed records of his personal views and experiences with the people he met. he observed their culture and the many ways in which they were different from his own. These accounts are recorded in many sources, one being Ibn Battuta in Black Africa, by Said Hamdon and Noël King. Aside from being one of the greatest travellers of this time, his records provide a unique glimpse into prehistoric Africa.