The Republic of Chad: Background information when reading Never

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Never

A Novel

by Ken Follett

Never by Ken Follett X
Never by Ken Follett
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The Republic of Chad

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Shallow pools of Lake Chad with small boats and a child bending toward the waterMuch of Ken Follett's novel Never is set in present-day Chad, a landlocked nation located in north-central Africa. Officially known as The Republic of Chad, at 496,000 square miles, the country is the fifth largest on the continent.

Chad has a long and complex history; it's one of the areas scientists believe may have been the cradle of humanity. The 2001 discovery of a 6- to 7-million-year-old hominid skull, from a primate known as Sahelanthropus tchadensis, supports this theory. It's believed that modern humans began continuously inhabiting the area around Lake Chad starting roughly 10,000 years ago, and there's evidence of a trans-Saharan trade route running through this location from around 3000 BCE. In addition, archeological exploration has revealed walled cities built during that time. Between 700 and 900 CE, the Kanembu people gained prominence and established ironworks, and in approximately 1000 CE traders from West Africa introduced Islam, which became the dominant ...

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