Pretty much resembles Modern Day UsefulNotes/{{Africa}}, at least in the eyes of most Western viewers, although in the less-politically-correct past the "savage with the bone in his nose stuffing the pith-helmeted explorer into a cooking pot" image was quite prevalent. In reality, it had as many empires, heroes, barbarians, and wars as anywhere else in the world.

See also DarkestAfrica and [[UsefulNotes/{{Africa}} Useful Notes: Africa]].

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!!Works set in this time period are:

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* One ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' story features a retelling of the story of ancient West-African Culture Hero Makoma, a superhuman guy with a hammer who perishes after a DoubleKO with a 7-headed monster. May or may not be the forerunner to African-American Culture Hero John Henry who also used a hammer and perished in a similar, though less fantastic manner.

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* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa_Screams Abbott & Costello: Africa Screams]]''

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* One of the ''TheRoyalDiaries'' was set in Angola; supposed to be a diary of a young Queen Nzingha (of Ndongo and Matamba), it is truly quite lacking in stereotypes about Africa and presents an interesting picture of the continent during the 1500's (colonization and the slave trade), particularly for a book written for a YA audience.
* Lots of Creator/RobertEHoward stories are set here, with visits by characters such as Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian or SolomonKane typically involving {{Eldritch Abomination}}s terrorizing the countryside.
* In the middle of the futuristic Zimbabwe of ''TheEarTheEyeAndTheArm'' is Resthaven, a sacred country where the old ways are preserved[[note]]Even the unpleasant ones[[/note]] - "the spiritual heart of Africa." Even airplanes aren't allowed to fly overhead, and the people who live inside of it have only the vaguest notion of the outside world - most of them.
* Axum in Literature/BelisariusSeries is a subversion. While it's warriors bear a resemblance to the ones in {{Zulu}} they are also capable of building palaces, ships, and cities, forming an elaborate system of political checks and balances, dominating the trade in the Indian Ocean, and negotiating as equals, with great empires.
* Creator/WilburSmith's ''The Sunbird'' is partially set in a lost kingdom in the area of modern Botswana, and partially set in the present day, following the archaeologists who are beginning to uncover its remains.

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* ''Shaka Zulu''
* ''{{Roots}}''
* On '' Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', The first Vampire Slayer was an ancient African girl with face-paint and dreadlocks, given powers by a group of misogynist shamans.

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* ''EuropaUniversalis'' and its sequels, which let you play as an African empire even if your usual fate is to get invaded.
** On the other hand, a HUGE part of inland Africa is inaccessible to anyone.
* ''VideoGame/TheSettlers II'' had Nubians as one of the four playable civilizations. Of course, since the game has CosmeticallyDifferentSides (and that only for the buildings. The workers all have the same (Caucasian) sprite no matter the civilization), the Nubians civilization is exactly as developed and complex as the Roman, Viking or Japanese -- up to and including sophisticated ship-building and ironworking techniques.
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