Medieval Africa

By Justin Jasper

Major Empires

• Axum

King Ezana converted to Christianity; made it the official religion.

• Ghana

Taxes from traders passing through made Ghana rich.

• Mali

King Mansa Musa built mosques and libraries.

• Songhai

Songhai gained control of West African trade by conquering Timbuktu and mastering trade by river.

• Zimbabwe

Kings Mutota and Matope built the region's biggest empire.