Ch 44: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Africa Before Colonization

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons to study up on Africa's cultures and economies before its colonization. Brief and engaging, the lessons can be used to prepare you for the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Africa Before Colonization - Chapter Summary

Studying the lessons in this chapter can permit you to take a closer look at Africa's history in advance of taking the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. View the online videos to expand your understanding of the Bantu migrations as well as the backgrounds of Mali and Ghana. Review these and other topics so that you can:

  • Examine the cultures and empires of pre-colonial West Africa
  • Study the Bantu migrations
  • Define a stateless society
  • Learn more about the decline of trans-Saharan trade
  • Distinguish between agriculture and pastoralism
  • Explore the growth of city-states in East Africa
  • Describe the Indian Ocean's economy and trade practices

This chapter's topics can be found on the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination. Review the instructor-led lessons at your convenience. Animated and fun to watch, the lessons include written transcripts as well as video tags for finding specific topics quickly. Short self-assessment quizzes are also available to test your retention.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Africa Before Colonization Chapter Objectives

You will have ample opportunity to display what you learned and reviewed in this chapter when you get to the WEST Middle Level Humanities examination's U.S. and World History domain. Found on the second of the examination's two subtests, the domain is equal to 33% of Subtest 2. Each of the subtests includes 55 multiple-choice questions. Elect to take just one subtest at a time, or sit for both during one testing session.

6 Lessons in Chapter 44: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Africa Before Colonization
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African Cultures: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

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.

Ancient West Africa: Bantu Migrations & the Stateless Society

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.

Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

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.

The Spread of Pastoralism and Agriculture in Africa

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.

Establishment of Small City-States on Africa's East Coast

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.

Central & Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean Economy

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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