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300 AD Bananas in Africa

2007-04-10 09:39:00

300 AD Bananas in Africa
Kpalime, Togo West Africa
Monday, April 9, 2007

Nothing more interesting than to take a stereotype and discover it is couched in time, Bananas do not orinally come from Africa.

I was reading in my Encyclopedia and I discovered about the introduction of Bananas to Africa in about 300 AD.

Austronesian mariners introduce bananas to Madagascar and sub-Saharan Africa, thus making additional food supplies available and setting the stage for population growth. (2)

Austronesian I guess means the area of Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and mariners means sailors. They are trying to say that people on boats came from the Southeast Asia area of the world and showed a part of Africa how to grow bananas. Which is now one of the cheap, common staple foods of Africa.

300 AD Bananas in Africa