Unformatted text preview: century. Ghana became one of the most important commercial sites in Africa because of the high demand in GOLD. The main importance of trade with Saharans mali controlled and taxed almost all trade throughout the west part of Africa. The trans Saharan caravan linked west Africa to the trading world of the eastern hemisphere. Swahili is an Arabic term meaning coasters. The Swahili mainly dominated the east African coast trade. They spoke Swahili which is a Bantu language with words and ideas from Arabic. Transformations between cities and villages occurred. In mosques and public buildings there were enhances. Kilwa is one of the busiest city states in the E.African coast they relied mainly on fishing and engaged in a limited amount of trade. Islam and Christianity migrated towarsd Africa. Now Islam has accommodated Africans between the sexes. This is why women were to wear clothing that enclosed most of their skin....
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- Spring '11
- West Africa, terms stateless society, trans Saharan caravan, multiple different tribes