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Chp.10 - Africa

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Sahel a semiarid strip of land across the center of Africa that divides the Sahara from wetter areas.
savanna an open grassland.
griots professional West African storytellers.
Nok one of the earliest African peoples to make iron tools.
bantu a family closely related African languages; one of any of the African peoples who speak that language.
Ezana Aksumite rule; he destroyed the Kush capital of Meroe and took over the kingdom of Kush around Ad 320.
Ge'ez an ancient Afro-Asiatic language; it is still used today as a liturgical language in the Ethiopian Coptic Church.
Lalibela Ethiopian ruler from 1200 to 1250; he is known for building large stone Christian churches, many of which are still standing today.
Swahili an African society that emerged in the late 1100's along the East African coast and combined elements of African, Asian and Islamic cultures.
Sundiata founder and ruler of Mail; he organized an army and defeated the other kingdoms of West Africa.
Mansa Musa leader of Mali who held power from 1307 to 1332; he conquered the Kingdom of Songhai =. He expanded trade, supported the arts and promoted Islam.
Sunni Ali first great leader of Africa's Songhai Empire; he organized an uprising against Malian rule and established an new empire in Songhai.
Askia Muhammad king of Songhai from 1493 to 1598; he was known for encouraging a revival of Muslim learning in the West African kingdom during his rule.
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