ca.%201500-Africa - Pollard History 103 September 8, 2009...

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Pollard History 103 September 8, 2009 Africa ca. 1500 Europeans believed that Africa was united bc they were all black (blinded by race) Religions kept ppl apart, islam (north western in 700’s) and Christianity (north eastern) were brought through trade, rest was polytheistic (most had different gods) 2000 different dialects and languages diverse lifestyles-ppl in cities stayed, the rest of ppl were nomadic just as sophisticated as the rest of the world not much written history Sahara (north) and Kalihari (south) deserts- kept ppl separate and fragmented Rain Forest in the center also kept ppl isolated from one another Mali ca. 1200-1600 (Timbuktu) unified Islamic kingdom from 1200 to 1600, similar to Ottoman empire- same set up Very wealthy in natural resources, lots of gold Mansa Kankan Musa (1312-1327) king of Mali- devote muslim. Around 1320 he decided to make a pilgramage to Mecca, stayed in Cairo for several months. Could see him coming for miles bc of all the gold. If he stopped in the city he would bring enough gold
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2012 for the course HST 103 taught by Professor Clark during the Fall '08 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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ca.%201500-Africa - Pollard History 103 September 8, 2009...

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