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WEST History: The History of Africa - Chapter Summary
Through these videos, you will revisit the early history of the African continent. This chapter addresses the section of the WEST History test that covers the ancient African kingdoms. Our lessons highlight the following material:
- Early kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
- The Bantu migrations and ancient Africa
- Trade across the Sahara and West African Sudan
- Agriculture and pastoralism in Africa
- Africa's East Coast city-states
- Central and southern Africa
- Indian Ocean economy
The combination of our brief, engaging video lessons, self-assessment quizzes and transcripts provide the structure that can help you refresh existing knowledge and acquire new information. You can review efficiently using our timeline feature and gain help if you need it from our subject-matter experts.
WEST History: The History of Africa Objectives
The WEST History test assesses your readiness for a history teaching endorsement or teacher certification by evaluating your knowledge of world history, U.S. history, and social studies skills and concepts. Our History of Africa chapter aligns with the section of the WEST History exam that covers world events from 600 to 1600 CE. The world history domain accounts for about 36% of the WEST History exam.
Altogether, the WEST History test consists of 110 questions. The test is computer-based and all of the questions are multiple choice. You are given a short passage to read and a list of possible responses, from which you must choose the one that best answers the question.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States
In this lesson we explore the beginning, height, and decline of the trans-Saharan trade and the various states in West Africa which thrived off the trade.
4. The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa
In this lesson we discover the key differences between pastoralism and agriculture and explore the diffusion of these two practices in the history of Africa.
5. Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast
In this lesson, we explore the development of small city-states along Africa's East coast, the trade that sustained them, and their eventual downfall at the hands of European colonizers.
6. Central & Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean Economy
In this lesson, we explore the migration of the Bantu-speaking peoples into central and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean economy by which city-states along Africa's east coast thrived.
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