Tutor profile: Connor S.
Subject: World History
What inspired the creation of a free black colony in Sierra Leone following the American Revolution?
After the American Revolution, a number of slaves had been freed as a reward for their service in the British military. These Black Loyalists spread throughout the British Empire settling in the largest numbers in London and Nova Scotia. The Black Loyalists in London were the first to be sent to Sierra Leone to found a free colony but ultimately met failure at the hands of the indigenous inhabitants. The Nova Scotian Black Loyalists chose to emigrate to Sierra Leone at the behest of the Sierra Leone Company. They viewed it as a chance to escape the hardships they faced in Nova Scotia. These hardships included the denial of land ownership, lack of supplies, and the fear of re-enslavement which hung over all the black residents of Nova Scotia.
Subject: European History
Why did the Duke of Normandy William the Conqueror believe he was the rightful heir to the throne of England upon the death of Edward the Confessor?
William the conqueror believed the throne of England was his as he was a cousin of the deceased Edward the Confessor. Additionally, though he propagated a story that claims that Harold the son of Earl Godwin came to him in Normandy and informed him that Edward wanted William to take the throne. He also claimed that Harold promised to help him assume the throne. He was also promised the throne by the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert of Jumieges.
Subject: African History
The stereotypical view of Africa is that in the past it was isolated from the rest of the world until the advent of European colonization. Provide an example that can be used to prove this view is incorrect and why?
There are two examples I wish to discuss. The first is that of the Kingdom of Mali, with particular reference to the Hajj of Mansa Musa. Mansa Musa is known as the richest man in history and during his Hajj he pressed the economy of Egypt as he passed through on his way to Mecca. If the African continent was so isolated why would the ruler of the Kingdom of Mali desire to travel outside of Africa? Additionally, it has been noted by some historians that most of the gold in Medieval Europe came from the Kingdom of Mali. The second example I want to discuss trade in the Indian Ocean along the Swahili Coast. There is much evidence for trade from the Swahili Coast as far away as India. This trade changed the region of the Swahili Coast, resulting in the creation of the trade language Swahili.
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