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  • 1. September 26, 2011 What makes a country a great and powerful country? Is it size? Their army? How much money they have? Or is it something else?
  • 2. Objective:
    • Begin to study the cultures of West Africa by examining the empires and countries located there before contact with Europe
  • 3. Homework:
    • Complete the Story of Sundiata you started as classwork
    • You have Until Wednesday
  • 4. Vocabulary - Griot
    • You will need this for your homework
    • Griot – West African storyteller / musician / praise singer
    • More on Griot’s later
  • 5. Vocabulary - EMPIRE
    • A large country that rules other countries and cultures
    • Before 1776, the United States was part of the British Empire
  • 6. Ancient Ghana
    • In a different place than modern Ghana
    • They became wealthy from trade
    • Ghana possessed a lot of gold
    • c. 790-1076
    • C = Circa = about
  • 7. Ancient Ghana
    • Also made money from salt
    • Had an army of 200,000 at its peak
    • Declined because of the discovery of gold somewhere else
  • 8. Ancient Ghana
    • Trade
    • Gold
    • Salt
    • Cities
    • Armies
  • 9. Ancient Mali
    • 1230 – 1600s
    • Major cities – Gao, Timbuktu
    • Home of the Mandinka
    • (Kunta Kinte’s tribe)
  • 10. Sundiata
    • Founder of Mali Empire
    • His story has been passed down to us through Griots
  • 11. Greatest ruler? Mansa Musa
  • 12. Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali
  • 13. Songhai
    • C. 1000 – 1592
    • Muslim
    • Great cities – Djenne and Timbuktu
  • 14. Greatest king - Askia
  • 15. Timbuktu was a center of learning
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  • 19. Class work:
    • Work on the story of Sundiata
    • You can finish it for homework if you need to but – refusing to work will mean a zero
  • 20. Exit ticket:
    • What were the names of the three African Empires discussed in class today?