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Google has made history in the African continent with its announcement of a search engine that will let users find historical records and facts from a vast range of different sources.
Google’s “Google Africa” search engine will search through Google’s archives, maps and other data and provide users with a wealth of information.
Google has said the search engine is a key part of the company’s search engine portfolio and that it is working with the government of Uganda to ensure it can provide the “largest, most comprehensive and up-to-date online database” of Africa’s historical records.
The new project comes as Uganda grapples with the legacy of slavery, which was widespread during the country’s colonial period.
“We are extremely proud of our history as a nation, as we were a major participant in the founding of this country, and we are proud to contribute to the advancement of African history,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Our goal is to make this information readily available to the public so they can find it and explore it,” Pichak said.
The search engine was announced in August, shortly after Google acquired a majority stake in South Africa-based search company SAIC.
It is the first project Google has set up in Africa.
The African nation has been in a state of economic crisis as of late and the country is in the midst of a civil war between the army and armed opposition groups.