In the 1920’s a group of Europeans wanted to connect Europe with Africa. The fate of African culture was never even considered!
In the 1920’s a German architect, Herman Sörgel, had a ‘brilliant’ idea for Europe to colonize Africa by lowering the surface of the Mediterranean Sea by 660 ft. This would have opened up large new lands for settlement in an almost totally drained Adriatic Sea. He had this idea that all the major problems of European civilization would be solved by creating this new continent which he named ‘Atlantropa.’
It would consist of Europa and Africa and would be inhabited by Europeans. It seems nobody was interested in asking the Africans for their opinion on the matter! Probably because, according to Sörgel, Europeans would flourish under the effects of the climate changes this would bring about and native African populations would not. According to his Eurocentric views, Europe had to become self-sufficient and therefore had to possess territories in all the climatic zones.
Concerns about climate change, earthquakes, attacks and the fate of African culture were often ignored as being unimportant. The ideology of Atlantropa was always characterized by white-centric superiority and racist attitudes towards Africa. Luckily the invention of nuclear power and the end of colonialism left Atlantropa technologically unnecessary and politically unfeasible. Ridiculously, the Atlantropa Institute remained in existence until 1960!