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Of all the ancient African states, none were quite like the Kingdom of Axum, located on the northeast coast of the continent. Axum became a major center of trade between Europe, Africa, and Asia. Because of the influence from many areas, it developed a unique, blended culture. One of the most advanced cultures of ancient Africa, the Axum people created their own written language, built massive towers called stelae, and developed sophisticated farming and irrigation techniques. They held a position of dominance in the region for close to a thousand years before falling to Islamic invaders.