Africa Before the 1700s.

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  • Africa
    • Ghana
      • Sometimes called Wagadu.
      • Earliest empire of western Sudan.
      • Land of Gold
      • Had a very developed government.
      • Large armies and total control of well-hidden gold mines.
      • By the 11th Century, Ghana was taken over by the Soso Kingdom.
    • Timbuktu
      • People think the place is a myth.
      • It is a real city with a real history.
      • It's name means Buktu's well
      • Named Timbuktu because a women named Buktu found food and water for her animals.
      • Very important for West Africans.
      • Became a centeral place of learning
    • Mali
      • Had a famous ruler to rule its kingdom, called Mansa Kankan Musa.
      • Musa bought and gave away so much gold in Cairo that the value of it fell. The value didn't recover for many years.
      • Travelers were impressed by the peace and lawful society he found there.
      • The Mali empire covered over an area larger than western Europe.
      • Empire consisted of numerous kingdoms and provinces.
      • When Musa died, the empire slowly shrunk.
    • European Views
      • Before the Slave Trade, there were many links between European countries and Africa
      • Europe recognized that Africa was more advanced than their own.
    • Ancient Egypt
      • First developed over 5000 years ago.
      • Had one of the first monarchies in the world.
      • Known for its great monuments and Pyramids.
      • They developed the calendar.
      • Discovered how the body relied on the brain 1000 years before the Greeks.


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