Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Molefi Kete Asante
The Dagu are an ancient people whose origins go back to the area around Tunis in North Africa. The ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans considered the Dagu the indigenous people of the Tunis region of Africa. However, the Dagu have experienced a long history of warfare and invasions. From the time of the Phoenician invasion in the 9th century BC, they have absorbed other groups. The small band of Phoenicians who left Tyre with Princess Elyssa and settled in North Africa was soon assimilated into the indigenous populations such as the Dagu and other African ethnic groups. After numerous wars with Arabs, during the Great African Upheaval of the 7th to the 19th centuries, the Dagu were forced into the interior of Central Sudan. They now ...