How does the environment help explain the underdevelopment of Africa, in general

How does the environment help explain the underdevelopment of Africa, in general

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While there is no such thing as an “African terrain,” there are some commonalities that impact most of the continent.  What are those commonalities?  How does the environment help explain the underdevelopment of Africa, in general?  In other words, what is it about the physical environment of the continent deters the continent’s development. 

Make sure you support your answer with evidence from the readings.