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Djenne-Djenno
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Djenne-Djenno

Djenne-Djenno (aka Djenné-Jeno, Jenne-Jeno, or Old Jenne) was an ancient city located in modern Mali, West Africa which flourished between c. 250 BCE - 1100 CE, making it one of the oldest cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prospering thanks to...
Taifa
Definition by Ian Abbey

Taifa

Taifas ("factions" or "camps") were small independent Muslim kingdoms and principalities that emerged after the fall of hegemonic Muslim caliphates in al-Andalus – the Muslim-controlled part of the Iberian peninsula – during the High Middle...
Trade in the Middle Ages
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Trade in the Middle Ages

Peoples, cities and states have traded since antiquity but in the medieval period, things escalated so that goods travelled ever greater distances by land, river and sea. Great cities arose thanks to commerce and international trade such...
The Rise and Fall of the Mali Empire
Video by Kelly Macquire

The Rise and Fall of the Mali Empire

Did you know that at the time, the Mali Empire was the largest empire Africa had seen? Founded by Sundiata Keita in 1240, the Mali Empire became the wealthiest kingdom of West Africa and was Africa’s largest empire up to that time. The...
Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa: Crash Course World History #16
Video by CrashCourse

Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa: Crash Course World History #16

In which John Green teaches you about Sub-Saharan Africa! So, what exactly was going on there? It turns out, it was a lot of trade, converting to Islam, visits from Ibn Battuta, trade, beautiful women, trade, some impressive architecture...
Ruins of Loropéni (UNESCO/NHK)
Video by UNESCO TV NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai

Ruins of Loropéni (UNESCO/NHK)

The 11,130m2 property in Burkina Faso, the first to be inscribed in the country, with its imposing stone walls is the best preserved of ten fortresses in the Lobi area and is part of a larger group of 100 stone enclosures that bear testimony...
Map of Ancient & Medieval Sub-Saharan African States
Image by Mark Cartwright

Map of Ancient & Medieval Sub-Saharan African States

A map indicating the major ancient and medieval states in sub-Saharan Africa. Areas and dates relate to a state at its peak. In addition, shaded areas are approximate indicators only. For the majority of the states, their precise borders...
Trans-Saharan Trade Routes
Image by Aa77zz

Trans-Saharan Trade Routes

A map indicating the major trans-Saharan trade routes across West Africa c. 1100-1500 CE. The darker yellow areas indicate gold fields.
Trans-Saharan Camel Caravan
Image by Holger Reineccius

Trans-Saharan Camel Caravan

A trans-Saharan camel caravan carrying salt. Agadez to Bilma, Niger.
Traditional House, Oualata
Image by c.hug

Traditional House, Oualata

A traditional banco (pounded earth) house, Oualata (Walata), Mauritania.
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