These Historical Figures Were Black?!

October 22, 2014  |  
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Hannibal Barca.

Source: Universal History Archive / Getty

Hannibal

Hannibal of Carthage — one of the greatest military strategists in history is often depicted with much… narrower features. But these coins depicting Hannibal and his famous army of elephants leave little doubt in the minds of many historians of his African ancestry. Not to mention Carthage is present-day Tunisia and Hannibal’s full name was Chenu Bechola Barca, which is why Medium notes him as “the greatest Black military general.”

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