Along Niger's middle are lowlying areas of lakes and marshes; this region called inland delta. Inland delta is hundreds of miles from coast. Fish are plentiful along the Niger. Crocodiles, geese, and hippos inhabit the area. (Burstein 114)
Forests = moist, densely wooded areas containing many different plants and animals. Savannahs = open grassland with scattered trees, tall grasses, and shrubs. Sahels = strips of land that divide desert from wetter areas. Deserts = hot, dry areas containing sand dunes that get little rain fall. (Burstein 114)
Ghana: Became powerful because controlled valuable trade routes. Ghana: Families band together = beginning of Ghana. (Burnstein 130) Ghana: Taxes funded Ghana's army. Ghana: Good army and weapons, Ghana = large & successful. (Burstein 13334) Mali: Sundiata, 1st emperor, made Mali an empire. Mali: Mali's location = control river trade along Niger. Mali: Smart & resourceful emperors = Mali prosperous kingdom. Mali: Under Mansa Musa, Muslim king and emporer = Mali reach it height (Burstein 13638)
Warm everywhere, but rainfall varies from north to south. The different regions were forests, savannahs, sahels, and deserts. The land could produce many different crops due to its many climates. The heat dried up lakes and left behind valuable salt. (Burstein 11415)
Gold: liked for its beauty and was used in jewelry. Salt: preserved food, made bland food tasty, and sometimes used as money. Food: so the West Africans could trade varieties of food with other cultures for valuables. Slaves: they did farming, cleaning, and other duties for the owner. (Burstein 131)
CAUSE: Provided water, food, and transportation. EFFECT: Made it highly populated. (Burstein 112) CAUSE: People sailed the Niger and brought gold. EFFECT: It made the Ghana Empire wealthy. (Burstein 132)
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