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Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

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Sanyelis Tavarez

on 16 October 2012

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Ghana, Mali, and Songhai; African Trading Kingdoms History Ghana, Mali, and Songhai are three cultures that are incorporated with the African trading kingdoms. They are all located in West Africa and have maintained large amount of trading networks across the Sahara Desert and into the Middle East and North Africa. The main export was gold which kept kingdoms wealthy and strong and provided them with much room for achievements. Besides gold, these kingdoms transported tons of agricultural products. A negative effect of all of this was the start of the slave trade. Influences Ghana, Mali, and Songhai were all influenced by Islam to different extents. Kings of the Ghana kingdom had Islamic advisors, while Mali and Songhai had converted and established Islamic. In Mali, emperor Mansa Musa became famous for pilgrimage to one of the Five Pillars of Islam; Mecca. Because of the pilgimage, there was increased trade between Mali and the Muslim empire. Achievements The achievements pertaining to these african trading kingdoms are associated with the arts. African art is religious in nature. Religious statues were carved from ivory, wood, and bronze. These kingdoms used both oral and written traditions. Histories and folktales were something that have always been passed from generation to generations. Stories contained lessons that were used as teaching devices.
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