Welcome to The Hidden Empire Series, a Classical African and World History curriculum for children, 8 years old and higher and for adults who love to learn and travel. Our approach is to examine the people, places, art, music and technology of Ancient African cultures and civilizations up to the period known as Slavery and Colonialism. Our content focus is on two main areas: The Monomotapa Empire of Southern Africa and the true biography of  French Classical Music Composer Joseph Boulogne born on the Caribbean Butterfly Island of Guadeloupe

The Monomotapa Empire was based in the southern part of Africa in today's country of Zimbabwe. This empire has an over 3000-year ancient history whose influence touched every continent - from Europe, the Americas and Asia. It was known in ancient times as Upper Ethiopia and was famous for its gold, military and kings. 

We explore The Monomotapa Empire and its relationships with India, Egypt, Ethiopia/East Africa, Arabia, Portugal, Great Britain and France up until 1891. It's a Hidden Empire, because although its reach and influence was far-reaching, its history, peoples, cultures and contributions are barely touched upon in African History or World History courses today!

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Great Zimbabwe

    • Great Zimbabwe

    • Module 1 - Great Zimbabwe Notes

    • Great Zimbabwe Quiz

  • 2

    Module 2 - Snapshots - Egypt, Greece and Rome

    • Snapshots - Egypt Greece Rome

    • Module 2 - Snapshots Egypt Greece Rome Notes

    • Snapshots - Egypt - Greece and Rome Quiz

  • 3

    Module 3 - A Traveler's Tales from Ancient Egypt

    • A Traveler's Tales From Ancient Egypt

    • Module 3 - A Traveler's Tales From Ancient Egypt Notes

    • A Traveler's Tales From Ancient Egypt Quiz

  • 4

    Module 4 - The People of the Sun

    • The People of the Sun

    • Module 4 - The People of the Sun

    • The People of the Sun Quiz

  • 5

    Module 5 - The Poem of Sofala

    • The Poem of Sofala

    • Module 5 - The Poem of Sofala Notes

    • The Poem of Sofala Quiz

  • 6

    Module 6 - Africa's Lion Kings

    • Africa's Lion Kings

    • Module 6 - Africa's Lion Kings Notes

    • Africa's Lion Kings Quiz

  • 7

    Module 7 - Map Making - Africa & Ethiopia

    • Map Making - Africa & Ethiopia

    • Module 7 - Map Making - Africa & Ethiopia

    • Map Making - Africa & Ethiopia Quiz

  • 8

    Module 8 - Adventure's End

    • Adventure's End

    • Module 8 - Adventure's End Notes

    • BONUS QUIZ

  • 9

    Monomotapa - The Hidden Empire Course Map

    • Course Map and Curriculum

The Hidden Empire Series is for children 8 years old and higher. It's a great addition to your homeschool curriculum or as a self-study class on Classical African History before the period of Slavery and Colonialism.