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Ch 12: Africa (500-1800 CE)

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to help your students learn about the different aspects of how Africa has been influenced and governed. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you gauge your students' comprehension of the materials.

Africa (500-1800 CE)- Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Between 500 and 1800 CE, many factors have contributed to the development and cultural changes of the African people. While the slave trade was a major factor, colonization, the rise and fall of empires, and the trading of other goods have also played key roles. Cultural and religious exchanges with the West and the East have also contributed to the social practices of this country. After finishing this chapter, your students should be able to identify:

  • Ecosystems throughout major parts of Africa
  • Some of the most significant African trade routes throughout history
  • The growth of various empires
  • The effects of different religions
  • The methods in which traditions are passed down

Video Objective
The Niger River: Ecosystems & Trade Routes in Africa (12th-16th Centuries) Identify the connections between trade items (slaves, food, salt, and gold) and the different vegetation zones (savannah, forest, and desert).
The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE) Explore how the Ghana Empire began, its pattern of growth, and how it ended.
The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries) Go over the rise and fall of the Mali Empire.
States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE) Examine how cities and states were developed within West Africa, especially in relationship to the following terms: labor specialization, family, and regional commerce.
The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture Discuss how the trans-Saharan caravan trade caused changes in both the cultural characteristics as well as the religious practices of people in West Africa
Islam's Spread in West Africa Review how the laws, beliefs, and ethics of the Islamic faith influenced West Africa.
Arabic Language & Islamic Scholarship Growth in West Africa Analyze how the Arabic language became a prominent feature of West African government and trade, and identify reasons that explain the growth of Islamic scholarship within this region.
Written & Oral Traditions in Africa (500-1800 CE) Examine how African history and culture is passed down through the use of both oral and written traditions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Africa (500-1800 CE)
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Niger River: Ecosystems & Trade Routes in Africa (12th-16th Centuries)

1. The Niger River: Ecosystems & Trade Routes in Africa (12th-16th Centuries)

This lesson explores the history of the Niger River Valley. The lesson highlights the trans-Saharan caravan trade and the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu.

The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

2. The Ghana Empire in Africa (830-1235 CE)

This lesson explores the Ghana Empire of West Africa. In doing so, it highlights the gold and salt trade of the region, which made the empire wealthy. It also discusses the importance of iron smelting and taxation.

The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

3. The Mali Empire in Africa (13th-16th Centuries)

This lesson gives a brief overview of the Mali Empire. It focuses on the rule of Sundiata Keita and the salt and gold trade of the empire. It also highlights the wealth and pilgrimage of the famous Mansu Musa.

States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

4. States & Cities in West Africa (1000-1300 CE)

This lesson will focus on the kingdom states that ruled West Africa during 1000 to 1300 CE. It will focus on the trading empires of Ghana and Mali, as well as the city of Timbuktu.

The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

5. The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

This lesson explains the history of the trans-Saharan caravan trade. We highlight the Berbers, the role of the camel, and the introduction of Islam to West Africa.

Islam's Spread in West Africa

6. Islam's Spread in West Africa

This lesson explains the gradual spread of Islam into West Africa. In doing so, it discusses the influence of the Berbers and the trans-Saharan caravan trade of the Saharan region.

Arabic Language & Islamic Scholarship Growth in West Africa

7. Arabic Language & Islamic Scholarship Growth in West Africa

This lesson will focus on the spread of the Islamic faith and Arabic language into Africa. We'll explore Mansa Musa, his pilgrimage, and the University of Timbuktu.

Written & Oral Traditions in Africa (500-1800 CE)

8. Written & Oral Traditions in Africa (500-1800 CE)

This lesson explores the written and oral traditions of pre-modern Africa. It highlights folktales, proverbs, griots and the travelogue known as Rihlah.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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