Ghana Ghana was a powerful trading empire in Africa. Its location at the edge of the Sahara meant it controlled the best trade routes. The Niger River Valley was also relatively good for farming.
Koumbi Capital of Ghana Many Muslims came to live here to make money from gold. The emperor eventually has the city split in half to keep his people away from the Muslims.
African SideMuslim Side Main Street (dividing line)
The Split Splitting the city didnt work. Based on the last picture, why do you think many Africans wanted to convert to Islam after the split of the city? The king of Ghana loses power as his people convert to Islam.
Key Terms Savanna Salt Trade Mansa Musa Oral History
1. The geography of the area around the Niger river greatly influenced the growth of Ghana and Mali. 2. Trade with the Islamic Empire led to great changes in Africa. 3. African history and culture was passed down largely through oral traditions. Main Ideas