Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms

Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Bundle of 4 - Medieval African Societies & Kingdoms
Product Rating
File Type

Compressed Zip File

Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.

3 MB|71 pages
Product Description
This is a bundle of 4 highly animated, power point presentation on Kingdoms of West Africa – The Culture of the Early Societies. The total number of slides in the presentations is 71. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.

Civilization began in West Africa thousands of years ago. Written records are non-existent during the time period 500-1600 CE. Muslim scholars began writing about the Kingdom of Ghana around 800 CE. By then Ghana was more than 300 years old.

Power point #1 is entitled, Early Societies in West Africa and contains 18 slides and covers the following:

To determine how these civilizations came to be, scholars studied geography, natural features, vegetation, ancient settlements, and artifacts. African civilization was shaped by Africa’s Four Climate and Four Vegetation Zones.

Trade drove the early kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. Rulers raised money by taxing the goods traded. The revenue raise allowed them to raise armies and conquer other trading areas. Conquered people paid tribute in recognition of the new rulers protection. Rulers were both political and religious leaders. They were believed to have special powers given to them by the gods.

Africa’s Four Climate Zones
Africa’s Four Vegetation Zones
Africa’s Vegetation Map
Early Trade Routes
Muslim Trade Routes
The Sahara Desert
The Sahal Desert
The Savannah
The Woodland Forest
Communities and Villages
The Nok People
Development of Towns and Cities
The Rise of Kingdoms and Empires
End of Presentation

Power point #2 is entitled, Ghana a West Africa Trading Empire and contains 18 slides and covers the following:

The Kingdom of Ghana existed around 500 to 1200s CE. Today the region makes up the countries of Mali and Mauritania, not the present country of Ghana. It is unknown how the Kingdom of Ghana started. It was already flourishing by 900CE when Arab scholars began recording information from early traders. By 1000 BCE, the nation had undergone expansion and take control of sizable portions of land near the Niger and Senegal Rivers.

The region was rich in gold and its acquisition meant that Ghana would become a leading force in the trans-Sahara trade network. Eventually, in the mid-11th century, the Almoravids, a Muslim group launched a devastating invasion on the capitol city of Kombi. Ghana recovered and forced the invaders to withdraw.

A little less than 200 years later, Ghana had become weakened by a scarcity of natural resources like water and trees. In 1240 CE, Ghana was invaded by the Mande people and emerged as their own new powerful empire Mali. It became an even stronger trading empire, backed by a strong Muslim religion.

Ghana’s Trade Routes
Ghana’s Wealth
Absolute Rule
Citizen Justice
Conquered Subjects
Ghana Military
The Camel
Spread of Islam
The Gold-Salt Trade
Ghana Taxes
Kumbi Trading Market
Wangara Trading Market
The Decline of Ghana
End of Presentation

Power point #3 is entitled, The Kingdom of Mali and contains 14 slides and covers the following:

Mali began as a small Malinke kingdom around the upper areas of the Niger River. It became an important empire after 1235 when Sundjata organized Malinke resistance against a branch of the southern Soninke, who made up the center of the older kingdom of Ghana.

The empire developed around its capital of Niani, the city of Sundjata's birth near the gold fields of Bure. Unlike the people of the older kingdom of Ghana, who had only camels, horses, and donkeys for transport, the people of Mali also used the river Niger. By river, they could transport bulk goods and larger loads much more easily than by land. Living on the fertile lands near the Niger, people suffered less from drought than those living in the drier regions further north.

The Niger River enabled the Kingdom of Mali to develop a far more stable economy than Ghana had enjoyed and contributed to the rise of the Mali Empire.

Map of the Kingdom of Mali
Niger River
Vast Empire Created
Mali Empire Prospers
Taxes & Currency
Mansa Musa
Mansu Musa’s Hajj
Mali’s Highpoint
Collapse of the Kingdom
End of Presentation

Power point #4 is entitled, The Songhai Empire and contains 21 slides and covers the following:

The Songhai Empire, also known as the Songhay Empire, was a state located in western Africa. From the early 15th to the late 16th century, Songhai was one of the largest Islamic empires in history. This empire bore the same name as its leading ethnic group, the Songhai. Its capital was the city of Gao, where a Songhai state had existed since the 11th century.

Its base of power was on the bend of the Niger River in present day Niger and Burkina Faso.
In 1340, the Songhai took advantage of the Mali Empire's decline and successfully asserted its independence. Disputes over succession weakened the Mali Empire, and many of its peripheral subjects broke away. The Songhai made Gao their capital and began an imperial expansion of their own throughout the western Sahel.

By 1420, Songhai was strong enough to exact tribute from Masina. In all, the Sonni Dynasty would count 18 kings.

Map of the Songhai Empire
Imperial Songhai
Sunni Ali
Sunni Ali’s Legacy
Askia Muhammad
the Great
Devout Muslim
Muslim Culture Embraced
The Quadi
Government (2)
Fall of the Empire
Songhai Empire’s Highpoint
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Kingdoms of Medieval Africa.
Total Pages
71 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
Report this Resource
Digital Download

Alta's Place

More products from Alta's Place
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Product Thumbnail
Digital Download
Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.

Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Sign up