African Kingoms

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    Hausa

    Hausa
  • Mar 30, 830

    Ghana

    Ghana
  • Apr 1, 937

    Kilwa (sometimes called “Kilwa Sultanate”)

    Kilwa (sometimes called “Kilwa Sultanate”)
    Kilwa is located on the on the Tanganyikan coast in Tanzania. Kilwa was were most slaves came from for a period of time. Kilwa revived trade in 1776 and a new Omani governor was appointed. During the 12th century Kilwa became one of the most powerful cities on the Eastern African coast. Ending period: 1840
  • Apr 1, 1200

    Great Zimbabwe

    Great Zimbabwe
    Great Zimbabwe acted as the royal palace for Zimbabwean monarchy. At Great Zimbabwe’s height it housed greater than 18,000 but the majority lived in large stone buildings. Construction for the large stone buildings started in the 11th century and continued for about 300 years. Ending period: 1500.
  • Mar 30, 1230

    Mali

    Mali
  • Mar 30, 1340

    Songhai

    Songhai
  • Mar 30, 1400

    Yoruba

    Yoruba
    West Africa, south of the equator. The Yorubas created a military system which then allowed to make weaponry. The Yoruba race adopted the cabinet system of governance. The Yorubas are the first to smith iron and built foundries where they also made agricultural implements that helped food production. Ending period: 1905.
  • Apr 1, 1430

    Mutapa

    Mutapa
    The Kingdom of Mutapa was located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers in Southern Africa. The Second Mwene, or King, Matope, greatly improved the economy by selling copper and ivory, resources from conquered tribes. The Mutapa Empire fell because of various civil wars threatening to break out, all the while trying to prevent Portugal from taking control of the gold production. Ending period: 1760.
  • Mar 30, 1440

    Benin (not the present-day country)

    Benin (not the present-day country)
    Located almost completely in what is now called Nigeria, the Kingdom of Benin stretched from Lagos to the River Niger. After an invasion from the Yoruba, the Kingdom’s political structure became unbalanced, until the Oba (King) held almost ultimate power. This allowed the Oba Ewuare the Great to turn the capital, Benin City, into a military fortress from which he expanded the Kingdom vastly. Ending period: 1897
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