This is a 18 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on the Kingdoms of Medieval Africa: Early Societies in West Africa. All the slides are editable so you can adjust your presentation as you see fit.
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.
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.
The presentation covers the following:
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 Woodland Forest
Communities and Villages
The Nok People
Development of Towns and Cities
The Rise of Kingdoms and Empires
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This is one of several power point presentations that I offer in my store under the heading ... Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa.