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Big Picture Africa
Transcript of Big Picture Africa
The economy of Lunda people is dictated by the region they live in. The Lunda people still exist today. Those who live along the rivers and ponds which are common in southern Democratic Republic of the Congo are fishermen. Women farm maize, millet, yams, sorghum, squash, beans, sweet potatoes, palm oil trees, and tobacco. Since the 17th century trade between the Lunda and the Shaba province to the east has played an important role in regional economics. During the height of Lunda influence their traders played an important role in the slave and ivory trade that moved goods and people from central Africa to the coasts for international export. Hunting plays an important social and ritual role.
Ethiopians are also known as Afar. The Afar lived mainly in Ethiopia and the areas of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somaliacan in Africa. Their land was mainly rocky. The Afar also lived in the Awash Valley and the forests located in northern Djibouti.
The Kingdom of Kongo took taxes, forced work, and collected fines from its people to be successful. sometimes, slaves, ivory, and copper were traded to Europeans on the coast. The important harbors were known as Sonyo and Pinda. When the Kingdom of Kongo was at its political apex in the 15th and 16th centuries, the King, who had to be a male descendant of Wene, reigned supreme. He was picked to rule by a group of governors. What the court did was supported by a system of civil servants, and the court consisted of male relatives to the King. The villages were mostly governed by lesser relatives of the King who were responsible to him.