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What was the Sahara like in 5000 B.C.
lush and green
Why did residents of the Sahara leave between 5000 and 2500 B.C.
the climate became drier and hotter
The terrain of the most southern part of West Africa is made up of ?
grasslands and rain forests
The Nok people settled near the Niger so they could:
farm the rich soil and establish a river trade route
What did Arab traders bring to West Africa?
Islam and a system of writing and numbers
Where did most West Africans live?
in small farming villages
What was the ideal crop for West Africa's wetter regions?
rice
What were most people in West Africa before iron weapons?
hunter-gatherers
Mansa Musa's pilgrimage had the following results on Mali:
Mali was included on maps and government officials wrote in Arabic
North Africans traded ______ for _______ with West Africans.
salt for gold
What did Askia Muhammad declare to be the official religion of Songhai?
Islam
Mansa Musa was ruler of which African empire?
Mali
Which African empire became known as a great center of trade, culture and learning?
Songhai
Which African empire was at the center of a lucrative trade route that ran from the salt mines to the gold fields?
Ghana
Which African empire was defeated by Moroccan invasions?
Songhai
Arab scholars in the 1300s began to flock to this empire's centers of learning.
Mali
This term means grasslands
savanna
This means "shore of the desert"
Sahel
This formed the basis of village life in West Africa
kinship
A villager would go to this person to communicate with spirits
diviner
A villager would go to this person to hear a tale of Africa's history
griot