Saturday, June 8, 2019


From Ancient History:
The name Hausaland derives from the Hausa term Kasar hausa, meaning the ‘country of the Hausa language’, although the area also included other peoples such as the Tuareg, Fulbe, and Zabarma. The term ‘Hausa’ was in use only from the 16th century CE as the people called themselves according to which specific city-state or kingdom they belonged to.

Hausaland was located in the Sahel region between the Niger River and Lake Chad in north-central Africa in what is today northern Nigeria. The Sahel is the semi-arid strip of land running across Africa between the Sahara Desert in the north and the Savannah grassland to the south. Hausland, specifically, stretched from the Air mountains (north) to the Jos plateau (south) and from Borno (east) to the Niger Valley (west). This region saw the development of towns by the Hausa-speaking people from 1000 to 1300 CE. (Read more.)

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