Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast Video


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What is a trading city?

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1. Which was the first major trading city in East Africa?

2. Why did Axum lose power?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During ancient times, cities on Africa's east coast used their location between cities in the East and ports settled around the Mediterranean Sea to become major hubs of international trade. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the rise of Africa's ancient trade cities, the products that moved through their markets, and the factors that led to the decline of this once powerful international trade network.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a trade city
  • Factors that led to the growth of Islamic trade
  • Birthplace of ancient east African trade
  • The effect of the rise of global trade networks
  • The impact of advances in navigation on African trade cities

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Africa's ancient east coast trade cities
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain the dominance of African trade cities in the ancient world economy
  • Making connections - examine the economic vulnerabilities that led to the decline of African trade cities

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, Ancient Trade Cities on Africa's East Coast. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the strategic location of Africa's ancient trade cities
  • Describe the international trade networks of the ancient world
  • List some of the goods and products that moved through Africa's trade cities
  • Explain the advantages Persian merchants had in international trade