The Kingdoms of West Africa. The Rise of Ghana. Desert Travel. Goods for Gold. Ghana had many resources, but location delayed development as trading empire Had no easy access to sea Sahara desert blocked overland trade routes.
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Goods for Gold
Trade was vital to the societies of West Africa. That region produced valuable resources—notably gold—that brought high prices. By the 800s, rulers of Ghana had used the wealth from these products to create a huge, powerful empire.
Gold Supply Scarce
Money from trade & taxes allowed kings to live lavish lifestyle
Luxury surrounding kings described by Muslim writer who visited Ghana:
“He sits in a pavilion around which stand ten pages holding shields and gold-mounted swords: and on his right hand are the sons of the princes of the empire, splendidly clad and with gold plaited into their hair.”
Ghana’s kings also used wealth to build up huge army when needed
Results of Conflict
After Ghana’s decline, no one kingdom controlled trans-Saharan trade. In the 1230s, the empire of Mali rose to power on the same territory. Mali expanded to the Atlantic Ocean and became a wealthy and sophisticated empire.
Mali reached its height in the 1300s under the reign of a mansa, or king, named Musa.
Islam in Mali
A relative of Sundiata, Mansa Musa came to power in 1307. During his reign, Mali’s territory expanded and its population grew.
Decline of Mali
Musa’s Pilgrimage to Mecca
What effects did Mansa Musa’s travels have in Mali and Europe?
brought Mali to the attention of Europeans, who would later travel to West Africa in search of Mali's riches
Rise of Songhai
Results of Pilgrimage
What kind of government did Askia Muhammad create in Songhai?
Answer(s):strengthened the government, appointed an official to rule the western part of the empire