What is the history of the Niger river?

The Niger River flowers for 2,600 miles through Western Africa, taking an unusual boomerang-shaped route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Guinea, although at certain points along the way it goes by other names, such as Joliba and Kwarra.

According to the New World Encyclopedia, it was about 1,000 years ago that the Niger River’s capabilities were noticed, as Arab traders used it to transport gold from Ghana, Africa, to eventually make its way to Alexandria, Egypt, and Tripoli, Libya, during the existence of the ancient African kingdom of Mali (1230 to 1600).

In terms of Western exploration, it was a Scottish man named Mungo Park who is touted as the first European to travel to the center of the Niger River in 1796.

Fun fact: The Niger River is the third-largest river in Africa, after the Congo and the Nile.
The Niger River flowers for 2,600 miles through Western Africa, taking an unusual boomerang-shaped route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Guinea, although at certain points along the way it goes by other names, such as Joliba and Kwarra.

According to the New World Encyclopedia, it was about 1,000 years ago that the Niger River