Kingdoms Of West Africa Dbq Analysis

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In the mid 1300s, West African kingdoms started gaining more reigns and power. The main three kingdoms of West Africa were Ghana, Mali, and the Songhai empire. The vast expanse of the Sahara desert impacted the change from complexity to prosperity. The kingdoms of West Africa became so prosperous from their consistent incline of gain. Western African kingdoms gained their trade with the help of Mansa Musa, geographical and cultural aspects, and access to natural resources. Part of the reason the kingdoms in West Africa became so prosperous was because of its trading routes plus the help of Mansa Musa. Mansa Musa is shown seated on his throne in a map of Africa from the Catalan Atlas of 1375 (Doc B). As the overlooker of the Trans Saharan trade route, Mansa Musa holds up the gold as he sits in his royal throne to exhibit how much …show more content…

After the muslims conquered West Africa is when we first heard about the empires from the Arabic language sourcers (Doc F). This is important to the prosperity in kingdoms of West Africa because the spread of the West African culture created an increase in their status leading to a beneficial expansion in their culture. This, thanks to the help of the West African kingdom spread from the muslims and arabic language sources. Also, The continents of Africa, Asia, India, and the Mediterranean brought in more of an exchange interest, which helped expand the geography in West African kingdoms (Doc D). This supports the geographical aspects of the prosperity increase because with the help of other resources around the world, the kingdoms of West Africa became more known for their goods which affected their surroundings leading to geographical enhancements. Culture and Geography across Western Africa contributed to the consistent incline of gain between the kingdoms, therefore making it more

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