Chapter 9 Key Terms

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Africa

Bantu

The people living in Africa south of the Congo River who speak a Bantu language

Sudan

The African region surrounded by the Sahara, the Gulf of Guinea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the mountains of Ethiopia

Berbers

North African peoples who were the first to develop saddles for use on the camel

Mogadishu

A muslim port city founded between the eighth and tenth centuries; today it is the capital of Somalia

stateless societies

African societies bound together by ethnic or blood ties rather than being political states

Ghana

The name of a great African kingdom inhabited by the Soninke people

ghana

The name used by the Soninke people for their ruler

Kumbi

The city where the king of Ghana held his court

Timbuktu

Originally a campsite for desert nomads, it grew into a thriving city under Mansa Musa

Ethiopia

The first black African society that can be studied from written records; it was the site of the kingdom of Aksum

Aksum

A kingdom in northwestern Ethiopia that was a sizable trading state and the center of Christian culture

Swahili

The East African coastal culture, named after a Bantu language whose vocabulary and poetic forms exhibit strong Arabic influences

Kilwa

The most powerful city on the coast of Africa by the late thirteenth century

Great Zimbabwe

A ruined African city discovered by a German explorer in 1871; it is considered the most powerful monument south of the Nile Valley and Ethiopian highlands

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