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Palaces of Dahomey kings at Abomey


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Part of the Ashanti palace complex


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Front of an an Ashanti building


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Small Ashanti village


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Small village shrine in the village of Jufu


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The original palace of the Asantehene was three stories high with well over 60 rooms. In 1819, Englishman Bowditch described the palace as

"...an immense building of a variety of oblong courts and regular squares [with] entablatures exuberantly adorned with bold fan and trellis work of Egyptian character. They have a suit of rooms over them, with small windows of wooden lattice, of intricate but regular carved work, and some have frames cased with thin gold. The squares have a large apartment on each side, open in front, with two supporting pillars, which break the view and give it all the appearance of the proscenium or front of the stage of the older Italian theaters. They are lofty and regular, and the cornices of a very bold cane-work in alto rel1evo. A drop-curtain of curiously plaited cane is suspended in front, and in each we observed chairs and stools embossed with gold, and beds of silk, with scattered regalia."


The gardens of the palace were about the size of a 19th century London square. When the British invaded, they discovered a vast collection of books inside written in any languages. The palace alone was about 5 acres in area. 


 

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Kano city walls


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The walls of Kano are 12 kilometers long and possessed 3 gates in the middle ages. The walls were 9 meters in height and 7.5 meters in width. There was also an internal runway to move cavalry throughout the city from the walls. 






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Loropeni ruins of Burkina Faso. A fortified town from the middle ages. It was controlled by gold miners and smiths as well a people fleeing slavers from the south. 


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Ruins of Mpumalanga in south africa


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Ruins of Mpumalanga in south africa


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Ruins of the ancient Ghana empire at Koumbi Saleh


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Khami ruins in Zimbabwe


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