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Colorful Central Africa
Transcript of Colorful Central Africa
Politics & Government
- Political system based in centralized kingdoms and empires governed by powerful kings that had near absolute power.
- There was no separation of power.
- King, councilors, and advisors carried out executive, legislative, and judicial functions.
- Political systems of African kingdoms were very similar to systems in Europe.
- Political scientists refer to these governed societies as centralized states because political power was mostly in the hands of only a few people.
Geography and Land Marks
"Central Africa - Africa Maps." MapsofNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.
When africans started trade with Islamic peoples the religion of Islam rubbed of onto the natives. Like this due to its trade with European civilizations Christianity traveled through Central Africa. During the colonial period the church began too fill in the gaps that the government could not it became a very important part of daily life.
- By the equator
- consists mostly of plateaus with a rough exterior
- Volcanoes at the edge of the Congo basin
- The great rift valley was formed by glaciers
- Congo river
- Climate: tropical wet, tropical dry, and a little arid on the coast
The most common types of plants found in Africa are the Iroko, Oil palms, African Violates, Bird of paradise plants.
The copper and salt industry were used for long distance trading.
The textile and salt industry were often controlled by princes who dominated the markets.
Textile weaving was important because cloth provided a strong durable substance and was often traded in place of gold and livestock.
Not many people were super rich or had the money to buy food so they hunted "Bush meat" from wild animals (monkeys, antelope, wild pigs and boar) they used plantains and cassavas root as starch. The rich could usually buy meat, beans and vegetable.
Beverages include palm wine and locally brewed beers. Water also has a very strong ritual significance in many African nations (particularly in dry areas) and is often the first thing an African host will offer his/her guest.
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Photograph. New World Encyclapedia Web. 23 Jan 2014.
African slave Trade
• From the late 17th century, Ashanti(Asante) traded slave and captives for European goods, such as cloth, alcohol, and guns. They used these resources to make wars to steel more captives from there neighboring civilization . By doing this, they had more slaves to sell for more goods .
• Another Africa kingdom that took advantage of the transatlantic slave trade was Dahomey. In the 18th century , the kings of Dahomey organized raids into neighboring lands largely to capture prisoners to sell to European traders.
• African currency was originally formed from basic items, materials, animals and even people available in the locality to create a medium of exchange. This started to change from the 17th century onwards (though there is still some slavery).
• In the 17th century African currency included shells, ingots, arrowheads, iron, human beings, salt, cattle, goats, blankets, axes, beads, and many others.
In Congo most people are from the Bantu tribes this means they live in Central and South Africa.
People of Congo speak Lingala and Munkutaba
These are Native African Languages
There are approximately 4 million people living in Congo
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Central African Republic. Flag. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/62294/>.