Great Zimbabwe

By: Aaron, Manuel, and Wayne

HIstory

Majority believe that the Gokomere culture founded this place and they are ancestors of the modern Shona people

Shona people ancestors started construction of the massive stone walls of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Literally means “Stone Dwelling”

Great Zimbabwe existed between approximately the 12th and 15th centuries, and it is the largest of about 150 ruins found in the land around the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.

Climate of Great Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, lying north of the Tropic of Capricorn, is completely within the tropics but enjoys subtropical conditions because of its high average elevation. Toward the end of the hot, dry months, which last from August to October, monsoon winds that have crossed the Indian Ocean and Mozambique result in intense orographic rainfall when they meet the rampart formed by the eastern highlands. The eastern regions consequently receive the country’s heaviest rainfall and have a more prolonged rainy season (lasting from October into April) than the rest of Zimbabwe. The high altitude of the broad plateau of western Zimbabwe helps to guarantee fine weather there during the cool, dry winter months from May to August.

Political Boundaries

The area inside the walls was 1,800 acres big.

It is located in the Harare Plateau in the Shashe-Limpopo basin.

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