Kingdoms of Africa
Fallon Judd 2nd period World History Harris
The Kingdom of Ghana
Government: They had kings that ruled without rules and they relied on an army of thousands of men to protect their kingdom and enforce their wishes.
Economy: Their economy was based off of farmers but Ghana prospered because of its abundant supply of iron ore and gold. They would usually trade gold for other products.
Collapse: Ghana had flourished for many years but eventually it weakened because of wars during the 1100s.
The Kingdom of Mali
Government: They had local rulers in each village. The rulers were both religious and administrative. Very strong gov.
Economy: The richest king doubled the size of Mali. Rulers would collect taxes of Mali.
Collapse: The civil war divided Mali in 1359.
The Kingdom of Songhai
Government: in 1464 Sunni Ali created a new dynasty, the Sunni.
Economy: The dynasty conquered many areas including Timbuktu and Jenne. This gave Songhai control over the trading empire that had mande Ghana and Mali so prosperous.
Collapse: Near the end of the 16th century, the forces of the sultan of Morocco occupied much of Songhai.