West African Kingdoms

Helen Rivas

How did the Western Kingdoms become so powerful?

Trade is the real reason for the expansion and rise of the Three West African kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, and for this purpose they are referred to as the trading states, or trade kingdoms. They were able to trade with parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. In almost a millennium they prospered as an economic, political, cultural, and religious center.

Ancient Kingdoms of West Africa