West African History-2

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Unformatted text preview: August 31, 2007 Picture: West Africa, terrain, vegetation and early sites to about 100 ad ∼ West African and all people have had to learn how to deal with there environment ∼ West Africa sometimes called a peninsula between the Sahara and the Gulf of Guinea ∼ pretty low elevation, a few mountains ∼ Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzinia ∼ West Africa is divided into three vegetation zones/belts 1.Sahil/Sahel (“shore” because Sahara is like an ocean of sand) 2.Savanna 3.Rainforest *This helps to determine historical factors: how people moved, food, social organizations, beliefs ∼ Sahil was a wetland: this is contusive to a certain agriculture, among first in West Africa to cultivate millets, sorghum, cowpeas and yams ∼ domestication of plants and vast expanses of land, allowed for settling down and growth in population ∼ donkey, cattle: vast land allowed for pastoral ∼ rainforest makes settling of people difficult, survived on wild plants, wild game ∼ **slaves from this part of Africa were accustomed to same environment they were shipped to...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2009 for the course HIST 4195 taught by Professor Cole during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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