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The Origin Of “africa“ by Dexema(m): 6:51pm On Sep 24, 2014
Africa. There are many different theories as to the origin of Africa’s name. After the Romans defeated Carthage (which is in modern-day Tunisia in Northern Africa) in the third Punic War, they called their new province “Africa.” The most popular theory as to the origin of the name is that it was named for a native tribe there—the Afri, with “Africa” then being the feminine form of “Africus”, literally meaning “land of the Afri”.

An alternate theory, which has a hole in it due to when the name was first used, is that it comes from the Phoenician word “afar” which means “dust.” Put together with the Latin suffix –ica, sometimes used to denote “land”, the name could mean “a land of dust.” Given Africa’s hot, desert-like climate in the north, which is where the Romans claimed their province, the Phoenician root is considered by many to be a plausible alternative to the “Afri tribe” theory, for the origin of Africa’s name.

Whatever the case, as Europeans continued exploring and discovered the breadth of the continent, the name that the Romans had originally used for their small province stuck, and the entire continent became known as Africa.

Whether or not the above etymology is correct,there is one thing for sure that I know and its that the name Africa is used to refer to my home continent which is beautiful thereby making the name a beauty itself.
Wake up sleeping giant,take your rightful place once again in the course of history.

Source: Todayifoundout.com

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Re: The Origin Of “africa“ by naturally: 8:02pm On Sep 24, 2014
Re: The Origin Of “africa“ by Emmafrancis: 8:08pm On Sep 24, 2014
God bless mama Africa
Re: The Origin Of “africa“ by Nobody: 10:46pm On Sep 24, 2014
Africans really need to wake up 4 Africa !!
Re: The Origin Of “africa“ by tpia1: 11:30pm On Sep 24, 2014
Africa is a continent as far as I know.

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