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03.02 Big Picture Africa: Assessment
Transcript of 03.02 Big Picture Africa: Assessment
After my VERY long plane ride to Africa, I finally reached Swahili, an extraordinary region of Africa near the coast that was built in the eighth century. Its coastal location made it largely successful in the area of trade, bringing wealth. As a result, powerful markets were established. Believe it or not, a whole new language was created subsequent to the formation of the region. This unique language is also called "Swahili" and it combines the Arabic language with the native Bantu vernacular. While I was there, I noticed how greatly impacted the region was because of the extensive tourism. It turns out that this is viewed as a large social problem for the Swahili living there. Just like I learned in FLVS! Politically, the Swahili have formed foreign ties with other countries. Being Muslims themselves, the Swahili have established ties with Middle Eastern Muslims. Overall, my experience in Swahili gave me a great insight on their special culture. Now off to Kongo!
I made it! I can't believe I am in Kongo at last! This place is great! Just like in Swahili, the Bantu tribes traveled to central Africa and landed in Kongo, the colorful, musical, wonderful region. They carried their language here and began to trade A LOT. These exchanges proved to be very beneficial economically, but the main income came from artisans. Miners, makers of iron, gold, and pottery all took part in Kongo's successes. Like many other nations, trade created a new middle class in Kongo. In 1390 CE, a king was crowned. His name was Lukeni lua Nimi, and with time, he led Kongo in becoming a dominant region in the 17th century. Kongo was fun, and I can't wait to see what Great Zimbabwe has in store! See you then!
My last stop on my unforgettable adventure was to Great Zimbabwe, an inspirational land with an outstanding history. Firstly, "Great Zimbabwe" can be translated to "great stone dwelling". The first inhabitants of the region were named Bantu tribes. These tribes were known for their agricultural greatness, cattle herding, trade, and pottery. From a political standpoint, Great Zimbabwe was looked down on by the governments of European countries. They did not believe that the lesser tribes could build some of the admirable forts and walls that existed there. This controversy led to a series of excavations that surely proved that the inhabitants of Great Zimbabwe did build the structures. Economically, Great Zimbabwe was a hot spot for trade. Their large wealth in trade led to the rise of a new power that ruled Great Zimbabwe and the surrounding regions. Finally, Great Zimbabwe was built as a religious center where they worshiped the creator of all life, Mwari. Well, that's all for this adventure, see you next time!