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Medieval Africa :

Medieval Africa

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We don’t know as much about early sub-Saharan Africa as about North Africa. Cut off by desert No writing Much research undone

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Camels trans-Saharan trade Trade  gold mines cities new religions

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The spread of Islam brought a new emphasis on writing.

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Ghana c. 900-1100 Huge territory Complex bureaucracy Dependent on rich gold supplies Large standing army

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Mali c. 1200-1450 Strong agriculture Control of trade immense wealth Mansa Musa’s pilgrimage links with Mediterranean

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Aksum (lasted throughout this period and beyond) Feudal, warrior society Christian Rich farmlands

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