Historic backgrounds vary; so does allocation: in particular, cities like Hamburg and Berlin have substantial grown Black communities, with a high percentage of ethnically mixed families; modern traffic and trade is further changing the communities in additional areas like Frankfurt, Munich, or Cologne.
Africans have been known to the German peoples since the pre-Christian times of the Roman Empire.
The first German salesmen, missionaries and travelers came to Africa around 1600. The first Africans that they brought back home worked as aides for households or businesses. Most were living in situations comparable to their German-born work mates. Ghana-born Anton Wilhelm Amo became the first African to attend a European university during the 1720s and taught and wrote in philosophy - sponsored by a German duke.