What are the three empires of West Africa?

In this collection, we examine the big three of the Ghana Empire, Mali Empire, and Songhai Empire as well as the lucrative trade connections they made with West and North Africa.

What are the West African empires in order?

West Africa

  • Kintampo Complex (2500-1400 BCE)
  • Dhar Tichitt Civilization (1600–300 BCE)
  • Nok Civilization (1000 BCE–300 CE)
  • Kingdom of Ife (200 BCE-1914 CE)
  • Djenné-Djenno Civilization (250 BCE–900 CE)
  • Bura Civilization (300–1300 CE)
  • Ghana Empire (300–1240 CE)

What are the names of the 3 trading empires of Africa?

A succession of three great kingdoms came to power as their people, gained control of valuable trade routes in West Africa. Ghana​ was the first of these empires, followed by the kingdoms of ​Mali​ and ​Songhai​. Historians think the first people in Ghana were farmers along the ​Niger River​.

Who was the first king of Africa?

Sundiata Keita was the first ruler of the Mali Empire in the 13th century C.E. He laid the foundation for a powerful and wealthy African empire and proclaimed the first charter of human rights, the Manden Charter.

What were the 3 largest West African empires?

In this collection, we examine the big three of the Ghana Empire, Mali Empire, and Songhai Empire as well as the lucrative trade connections they made with West and North Africa.

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