Obviously, during 14-18th centuriesAfrica has been rapidly developing and changing. In this respect, it should be pointed out that the development of great civilizations ofAfrica as well as the development of the whole continent at large was influenced by a variety of factors.
Among these factors, probably the most significant was the influence of Europeans on the continent. In fact, they arrived as invaders and colonised the continent. On the other hand they also produced not only political or economical but also cultural impact on the continent and this was another important factor that changed the world of African people, it was religion.
However, it would be a mistake to estimate that only European religious influence affectedAfrica. Muslim world also played an important role in the development ofAfrica, changing local culture, traditions, and beliefs.
Finally, the third extremely important factor that influencedAfricain the epoch was its socio-economic development, which occurred in the result of the fast development of trade with European and Oriental countries. In this respect, the formation of strong local empires contributed to stability of economic relations and spread of trade within the continent.
As a result, the three factors mentioned above shaped the development of Africa and, to a significant extent, predetermined its colonial future since Africa became a ‘Promised Land’ for slave-traders, invaders, and representatives of different religions where they could spread their ideas and beliefs.