Empires of Gold / Cities

Air date: Wed., March 1, 9:00 pm


Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series, hosted by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., brings to life the epic stories of both celebrated and little-known African kingdoms and cultures.


Empires of Gold
Dr. Gates uncovers the complex trade networks and advanced educational institutions that transformed early northern and western Africa from deserted lands into the continent’s wealthiest kingdoms and learning epicenters.


Dr. Gates explores the power of Africa’s greatest ancient cities, including Kilwa, Great Zimbabwe and Benin City, whose wealth, art and industrial successes attracted new European interest and interaction along the continent’s east and west coasts.


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