Aim: How did the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai show the richness of Africa?Do Now: MatchingNatural Resources• Salt• Gold• Cloth• Weapons• Timber
Ghana developed in West Africabetween the Niger (NI-jhur) andthe Gambia Rivers. It was animportant kingdom there fromabout AD300 to about 1100. Therivers helped Ghana to grow richbecause they were used totransport goods and developtrade. Ghana also collected taxesfrom traders who passed throughthe kingdom. The people calledtheir nation Wagadu; we know itas Ghana --that was the word forwar chief.http://www.nevadasurveyor.com/africa/web/pages/niger_river.htm
The kingdom of Ghana probably beganwhen several clans of the Soninkepeople of west Africa came togetherunder the leadership of a great kingnamed Dinga Cisse.Ghana had few natural resourcesexcept salt and gold. They were alsovery good at making things from iron.Ghanaian warriors used iron tippedspears to subdue their neighbors, whofought with weapons made of stone,bone, and wood.http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/mm/eng/mm_rs_01.htm
Aim: How did the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai show the richness of Africa?Do Now: MatchingEmpire of Ghana• 3rd Century Berber nomads begin usingcamels. This made trade much easier inthe Sahara• Trade increased• Soninke people called their land Ghana• 700’s: Ghana was a kingdom and therulers were getting rich by taxing trade
Aim: How did the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai show the richness of Africa?Do Now: MatchingGhana on the Map
Aim: How did the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai show the richness of Africa?Do Now: MatchingPrimary Source• The king adorns himself…wearing necklacesand bracelets…The court of appeal Is held in adomed pavilion around which stand ten horseswith gold embroidered trappings. Behind theking stand ten pages holding shields and swordsdecorated with god, and on his right are the sonsof the subordinate kings of his country, allwearing splendid garments and with their hairmixed with gold. – Al-Bakri• What does this quote tell us about life in Ghana?
Aim: How did the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai show the richness of Africa?Do Now: MatchingEmpire of Mali• 1235 Mali emerges as a major kingdom• Located south of Ghana• This kingdom became important whenresources became scarce and traderoutes shifted• This made them wealthy and helped Malito obtain more power.
Perhaps the greatestking of Mali was MansaMusa (1312-1337). Hedeveloped the gold andsalt trade of Mali and hiskingdom became verypowerful and rich.Mansu Musa: Lord of the Negroes of Guinea. (Photo courtesy of History of Africa)
Mansa Musa was a Muslim,meaning he followed the religionof Islam. He built many beautifulmosques or Islamic temples inwestern Africa.Use yourworksheetto answerquestionsabout themosque.http://travel.u.nu/pic/ml/djenne.jpg
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