Unformatted text preview: In the seventh century, it was
conquered by invading Muslim Arab armies. The
population converted to Islam, and it has remained in
the Islamic Arabic cultural sphere until today.
Morocco, on the Western end of North Africa, was
the first part of the world to experience the effects of
European expansionism. In the mid-1400s, Portuguese
explorers began to sail southward along the coast of
Africa, searching for a sea route around Africa to
India. They seized a number of ports on the coast of
The Sudan, as a geographical region, is a broad
band of savannah (grassland with occasional trees)
that runs across Africa just south of the Sahara Desert.
“Sudan” comes from Arabic and means “land of the
black people.” [Do not confuse “the Sudan” with the
contemporary nation called “Sudan” which is on the
eastern end of this geographical region.]
The region was first drawn into trade contact with
the Mediterranean world by Muslim traders after the
Muslim Arab conquest of Nor...
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