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Globalisation

In Russia, it is common knowledge that the country’s greatest poet, Pushkin, was descended from an African who was raised to high rank by Czar Peter the Great. Research done by Beninese historian Dieudonné Gnammankou led him to conclude that this great-grandfather most likely began life as the son of a chief in the sultanate of Logone-Birni, Cameroon.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/13/opinion/13iht-edschmemann.html

A 1,700-year-old skeleton shows that people of African descent have lived in Warwickshire for far longer than was previously thought. Archaeologists said they now believed the man may have been a Roman soldier who chose to retire in Stratford after serving in an African unit.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-12280213

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