HIST 025 Lecture 10: Hist 25 - class 10

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Crossroads of trans-saharan trade between the gold and ivory producers of the coast and the oasis people (berbers and later arabs) to the north. Wide area of pastoral plains situated to the north of the upper niger and senegal. Widespread civilization more than 40 urban sites, some dating as early as 250. Extensive regional trade and increasingly complex indigenous networks throughout the first millennium ce. West african trade fed into trans-saharan trade which was carried into the. Semi-legendary traditions of the sahel place the rise of ancient ghana in the 4th. Expansion of tran-saharan trade with the arab conquests of the 8th century. Rapid expansion of ghana in response to new trade opportunities in the 9th century. In 1067 andalusian chronicler al-bakri describes ghana as a large and powerful empire. West african trade routes/ 9th 5th centuries. Middle men ancient ghana, mali, songhay. Textiles: linens and woolens (europe), silks (china), cottons (india) State supported many soldiers, courtiers, craftsmen, singers.

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