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Ch 6: Ancient Africa & the Americas

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Use these video lessons to refresh your knowledge of the ancient kingdoms of Africa and the Persian Empire. Get facts on the peoples of ancient Mesoamerica and find out more about the Chavin and Inca civilizations.

Ancient Africa & the Americas - Chapter Summary

In this chapter's lessons, you'll get an overview of ancient West Africa's peoples. Our instructors will discuss the Kush civilization and its relationship to Egypt. You will examine the history of the Persian Empire as well.

Other lessons explore civilizations of Mesoamerica up to the invasion by Cortes. You'll also find out more about the ancient people of the Andes. After watching these lessons, you should be prepared to answer questions about:

  • The Bantu migrations
  • The stateless society of ancient West Africa
  • The Kush civilization's political, cultural and commercial relationship with Egypt
  • Origin and expansion of the Persian Empire
  • The Olmec, Aztec and Maya civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica
  • The Inca and Chavin peoples

These lively lessons average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them as your schedule permits, on a computer or mobile device. Following each lesson is a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your learning and determine where you might need review. The instructors are available to answer questions if you need additional help.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Ancient Africa & the Americas
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Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

1. Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the characteristics of ancient West Africa. We will focus especially on the Bantu migrations, the stateless society, and the city of Jenne-jeno.

What Is the Kush Civilization?

2. What Is the Kush Civilization?

While they may not get all the attention of other Egyptian neighbors, such as the Persians or Hittites, the Kush were a major factor in many of Egypt's decisions, both regarding trade and warfare. Learn about the Kush in this lesson.

The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

3. The Kush Civilization & Ancient Egypt

While Egypt interacted with many different cultures, its relationship with the Kush was one of the most unique in history. Learn how this civilization not only conquered Egypt for a period of time, but even built their own pyramids.

History of the Persian Empire

4. History of the Persian Empire

The Persian Empire has all the great aspects of an amazing story - an unlikely rise to power against an evil king, a ruler who is beloved by his people, and a military that was centuries ahead of its time.

Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

5. Mesoamerican Civilizations: The Olmecs to Cortes

This lesson focuses on the early cultures of Mesoamerica. The Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs developed great civilizations in Mesoamerica over millennia. Then, after all of this development and the building of a great empire, the Aztec were quickly defeated by Hernando Cortes.

Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

6. Ancient Andean Peoples: Chavin & Inca

In this lesson, we will explore the Chavin and Inca civilizations of South America. We will study the rise and fall of these two cultures, as well as their major characteristics.

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