Ghana and mali

Delafosse assigned an arbitrary but widely accepted date of to the event.

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The rise and fall of two medieval kingdoms of West Africa is an example of this. The Mali Culture Although there were many small tribes and cultural groups within the Mali Empire, most of these groups were considered part of the Mande peoples.

They were considered powerful magicians because they worked with fire and earth to create iron. Goldfields are indicated by light brown shading: BambukBureLobiand Akan.

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At its peak, the Mali Empire extended across West Africa to the Atlantic Ocean and incorporated an estimated 40 to 50 million people.

The capital city of the empire was Niani. His son, Soumaoro Kantesucceeded him and forced the people to pay him tribute. Ghana, Mali, and Songhai were successful and well-organized states that overcame tribal divisions and fused traditional beliefs with the universal ambitions of Islam.

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Gold was used to trade with other nations for needed resources like livestock, tools, and cloth. Many of the hand-crafted leather goods found in old Morocco also had their origins in the empire. Salt was considered very valuable and the salt trade was heavily taxed by the king. Sometimes history seems to repeat itself. While there are variants, these traditions called the most ancient polity they knew of Wagadu, or the "place of the Wago" the term current in the 19th century for the local nobility. Post navigation. Ancient Ghana ruled from around to CE. Because Ghana had a large military force, they would charge people for protection if they so desired it when trading to protect themselves and their goods. Other important cities included Timbuktu, Gao, Djenne, and Walata. Listen to a recorded reading of this page: Your browser does not support the audio element.
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Ancient Africa for Kids: Empire of Ancient Ghana