Western Africa A satellite picture of Africa at night. . . What does the light, or lack thereof, tell you about Africa?
Landforms and Climate Coastline and Forest The Sahel Region Physical Geography The Sahara Desert The Savanna
The Niger River and West Africa’s Resources The Life Water of West Africa Resources Include: diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, bauxite, and oil Staple Crops: millet and sorghum Other Sources of Income: fishing, cotton Top Right: sorghum Above: Niger River Right: millet
West Africa’s History Archeology and Oral History
Colonial Era and Independence Late 1800s – Many European countries compete for colonies 1820s – Liberia remained free as the Americans set it up as a home for freed slaves 1950’s and 1960’s – Many colonies gain independence in western Africa 1974 – Portugal finally gives up its western Africa colonies