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grassy plains


"coastline" - Region along the southern edge of the Sahara


the process of drying of the soil to form deserts

extended family

Includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins


group that shared common ancestors


religion in which spirits played an important role in regulating daily life


An ancient city in Africa - the oldest know south of the Sahara
250 b.c - 1400 a.d.
busy trading center


West Africa's earliest know culture
500 b.c. - A.D. 200
First W. Africans to smelt iron


Kingdom S. of Kush founded by the son of Solomon
A.D. 300 - 700
International trading power


Aksum's chief seaport


Ruler of Aksum A.D. 330 - 350
Wanted to make the empire bigger so he conquered the Kush

Bantu-speaking people

speakers of a related group of languages who, beginning about 2000 years ago, migrated from W. Africa into most of the southern half of Africa


act of moving from one place to settle in another

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