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The Age of Empires in West Africa

- Kingdom of Ghana -

- Mali Empire -

- Songhai Empire -

- Kanem-Bonru -

- Hausa City-States -

- People of the West African Forest -

- Rise and Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade -

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By the 10th century North African trading powers were clamoring for gold from West Africa to satisfy the Islamic world’s increasing demand for currency. This stimulated the growth in sub-Saharan West Africa of large trading empires, which accrued vast amounts of wealth and power by controlling trans-Saharan caravan routes.

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