Unformatted text preview: • Strong leadership o Centralized governments o Creation of dynasties o Expansion o Strong militaries o Similar to Western Sudan kingdoms States and State Formation • Not all areas of Africa developed states • States characterized by central organization concentration of authority( ruler: chief/king who wields authority as a fulltime occupation) • Many factors influencing the formation of states o Defense/protection/security Outside pressure prompting unity o Continuous leadership patterns o Trade With Africans and later Europeans o Conquest/Invasion Clans gaining dominance over other clans. Extraction of tribute o Use of religion/mysticism To consolidate power, to formalize leadership (Asante) Same as divine right of kings in Europe...
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- Fall '10
- West Atlantic Coast, Clans, Sudan kingdoms States, Pre 16th century, Forest Region til