Geography: Western Africa

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Geography: Western Africa

  1. 1. Western Africa<br />A satellite picture of Africa at night. . . What does the light, or lack thereof, tell you about Africa?<br />
  2. 2. Landforms and Climate<br />Coastline and Forest<br />The Sahel Region<br />Physical Geography<br />The Sahara Desert<br />The Savanna<br />
  3. 3. The Niger River and West Africa’s Resources<br />The Life Water of West Africa<br />Resources Include: diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, bauxite, and oil<br />Staple Crops: millet and sorghum<br />Other Sources of Income: fishing, cotton<br />Top Right: sorghum<br />Above: Niger River<br />Right: millet<br />
  4. 4. West Africa’s History<br />Archeology and Oral History<br />
  5. 5. The Slave Trade<br />
  6. 6. Colonial Era and Independence<br />Late 1800s – Many European countries compete for colonies<br />1820s – Liberia remained free as the Americans set it up as a home for freed slaves<br />1950’s and 1960’s – Many colonies gain independence in western Africa<br />1974 – Portugal finally gives up its western Africa colonies<br />
  7. 7. Challenges<br />Ethnic Rivalries<br />Health Conditions<br />
  8. 8. Culture<br />Traditional Clothing/Robes<br />Rural home in West Africa<br />Animism Worship<br />
  9. 9. Picture Citations<br />Slide 1<br />bcnn5.com<br />Slide 2<br />worldwidehomestay.com<br />psdblog.worldbank.org<br />savannaenvironment.wordpress.com<br />sierraexpressmedia.com<br />Slide 3<br />web.worldbank.org<br />ancientfoods.wordpress.com<br />Slide 4<br />cirad.fr<br />Slide 5<br />edit.emich.edu<br />histclo.com<br />pbs.org<br />historyonthenet.com<br />Slide 6<br />en.wikipedia.org<br />Slide 7<br />preview.samemission.com<br />Slide 8<br />timo-aim.com<br />messengerandadvocate.wordpress.com<br />truthforsaints.com<br />

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