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Chapter 5

West Africa

termdefinition
Clan A set of kinship groups within a common ancestor
Labor Specialization The doing of specific types of work by trained or knowledgeable workers
Griot An official storyteller
Vegetation Zone A region that has certain types of plants
Sahara A large dessert in Northern Africa
Savannah A grassland in a tropical region
Ghana A region between the Sahara and the forests of southern West Africa
Almoravids A North African Islamic Dynasty
Salt A valuable resource produced and mined in North Africa
Mali A West African empire founded by the malinke people
Sundiata A leader of the malinke
Timbuktu A city in Mali that was a center of trade and culture
Mansa Musa A king of Mali who came to power in 1307
Songhai A West African people whose leaders created a great empire after 1400
Askia Muhammad A ruler of the songhai empire,who took power in 1493
Kinship A connection among people by blood, marriage, or adoption
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