Chapter 8 History
Terms in this set (15)
Desert in North Africa
Southern edge of the Sahara
A religion in which spirits play a role in regulating daily life
Storytellers who tell the history/literature of a society
Passed down from generation to generation
West Africa's earliest known culture
Four general vegetation types in Africa
Main source of information about the early African cultures
How is the African Iron Age different from that in other regions?
African culture skipped the Bronze and Copper Age
Why did diverse culture develop in Africa?
Diverse natural resources
Groups adapted to suit resources/climates
Migration introduced different adaption techniques
How did agriculture change the way Africans lived?
Settled in one location
Reliable food supplies led to longer healthier lives
Increased birth rate
Increased social/political organization required
What evidence shows that Djenne-Djeno was a major trading city in West Africa?
Artifacts(pottery, copper, gold, iron)
Evidence of overland camel trade
Reasons the Djenne-Djeno was abandoned
Famine caused by drought or war
How were early African religions both similar and different from the religions of early Rome?
Early Africans and Christians believed in one God
Early Roman pagans believed in many gods who like African spirits, these gods could influence daily life bit they reflected human not animal forms
Summarize the achievements of early West African societies
Developed cities, cultures, and technologies
Family life (extended family, clans)
Organized government (villages chief, council of elders, centralized government)
Griots (preservation of oral history)
Iron working (technology)