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GACE History: Africa and the Americas in the Middle and Late Ages - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter can help you structure your study efforts as you review Africa and the Americas in the Middle and Late Ages for the GACE History Exam. The videos cover the critical information you need to know, including:
- The Niger River
- African cultures
- The Ghana and Mali Empires
- West African states and cities
- The spread of Islam in West Africa
- African written and oral traditions
- Geography's impact on the Maya, Aztec and Inca civilizations
- Rise and defeat of the Aztecs
- Incan Empire's history
Our expert instructors present the material in ways that are accessible and interesting through animations and graphics. Easily review key concepts with our lesson transcripts and quizzes that come with each video. Videos are brief and can be viewed from any location with your mobile device, making your preparations for the exam easy and flexible.
Objectives of the GACE History: Africa and the Americas in the Middle and Late Ages Chapter
The GACE History Exam assesses your knowledge and understanding of the full range of history topics. Your score will be used to determine eligibility for a teacher's license in the state of Georgia. The topics in this Africa and the Americas in the Middle and Late Ages come from Test I, Subarea I: World History to 1450 CE, which comprises 40% of the questions. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the videos, you can see how much you have learned and practice answering questions like those you'll see on the test.
All of the questions on both tests of the exam are selected-response questions. This means you will read passages and questions and select the correct response from a group presented to you.
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.
2. African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
In this lesson, we learn about the three premier empires of the pre-colonial period in West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who all profited tremendously from the trans-Saharan gold trade.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Swahili Culture & Commerce in East Africa During the Middle Ages
Swahili Civilization flourished from around 11th-century CE to the 16th-century CE on the eastern coast of Africa. Commerce helped this culture to thrive, as well as the spread of Islam and the development of the Swahili language. We will focus on these factors in this lesson.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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.
9. Effect of Geography on the Maya, Aztec & Inca Civilizations
In this lesson, you will explore the jungles of the Yucatan, the high valleys of Mexico, and the peaks of Peru as we examine how geography shaped the civilizations of the Maya, Aztecs, and Inca. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
10. Life in the Maya Civilization
In this lesson, you will experience a day in the life of a person in the Maya civilization of Central America, and then test your understanding about this complex culture.
11. Life in the Aztec Empire
Experience a day in Aztec Empire and explore the capital city Tenochtitlán in the Valley of Mexico. Then, test your understanding about this powerful military state with a short quiz.
12. The Rise of the Aztecs
In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the great Mesoamerican civilization, the Aztec Empire. Then, you will be able to test your understanding about Aztec history with a brief quiz.
13. The Defeat of the Aztecs
In this lesson, you will explore the defeat of the powerful Aztec Empire, and then test your understanding about the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and empires in Central America.
14. The Incan Empire: History & Fall
If we look at 15th-century Mesoamerica, we see that the fastest growing empire of the time was the Incan Empire. The Inca created an elaborate society, which, before it fell to the Spanish, was the largest nation on Earth, and it remains the largest native state to have existed in the western hemisphere.
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