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Medieval West Africa – Bronze, glass, and drought

By |2018-11-01T08:53:13+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Africa, History|

Copper sculpture from Medieval West Africa (Tada, Nigeria ca. 1300 AD). Djenne-Djeno's walls By 800 AD, the people of Djenne-Djeno had built a tall wall of mud-bricks around their town. The wall would protect them from their enemies. (But as we will see, in the end this didn't work!) The people of Djenne-Djeno were rich. Many of [...]

Medieval African Architecture – Mosques and Churches

By |2018-04-21T12:09:38+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History, Medieval|

Medieval African architecture: Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo (Egypt, 900s AD) Africa gets richer The Middle Ages saw a tremendous explosion of architecture all over Africa as Africans became richer than they had ever been before. In Egypt, the Fatimids built mosques and forts, and the new city of Fustat (Cairo). More trade with India made the people [...]

Iron Age Architecture in Africa

By |2018-04-09T23:55:56+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|

Iron Age architecture in Africa: Palace at Meroe, ca. 900 BC (thanks to Royal Ontario Museum) During the Bronze Age, only Egypt was rich enough to build stone buildings. But during the Iron Age, starting about 1000 BC, other parts of Africa started to trade with other parts of the world, and got rich enough to build [...]

African Buildings in Antiquity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:06+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Architecture, History|

African buildings: Hathor temple at Naqa (modern Sudan), ca. 10 AD African buildings in stone In the first centuries AD, African architects kept building more stone buildings, as trade continued to increase, and Africa kept on getting richer. In East Africa, the queens of Kush (in modern Sudan) built stone temples and palaces. The [...]

West African History – Early West Africa – the Nok, the Bantu, and Djenne

By |2018-04-09T10:31:49+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History|

West African history - Niger River, West Africa People have been living in West Africa for tens of thousands of years. There are several good-sized rivers - the Niger, the Senegal, and the Volta - that run through West Africa, which make it easier to travel because you can use boats. There are [...]