Episode 6: The Eastern Congo. Early history.
In this episode we look at the Indian Ocean coast and the journeys inland to teh Eastern Congo.
We see how cultural misunderstandings could lead to conflict, and just as worryingly we have first hand evidence of how the elephant population was impacted as the demand from ivory increased.
For this episode I show a modern satellite image of East Central Africa. It highlights the lakes as the topographical markers of the southern end of the great African Rift.
With modern borders superimposed you can see how far the Eastern Congo is from the coast, and in days of travel by foot the time taken for people to travel from the coast was significant.