Ancient West African Technology

Timeline created by Omnomninja
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    First Agriculture

    First Agriculture
    Since 9000BC, the West Africans have grown their own food, originally using crude digging sticks or hoes to farm their crops, but later developing the plough with the discovery of iron.
  • Jan 1, 600

    Discovery of Iron

    Discovery of Iron
    From now on, the West Africans will be able to use superior iron tools and weapons for more effective use, skipping the Bronze Age.
  • Jan 1, 750

    Ghanaian Weapons

    Ghanaian Weapons
    The Kingdom of Ghana begins to flourish. They expand their empire by conquering their enemies and neighbours with superior iron weapons like battle axes(left) and throwing knives.
  • Jan 1, 1100

    Kente cloth

    Kente cloth
    The Akan empire of Bonoman creates and produces the new kente for their clothing using the silk of an Anaphe moth. Kente is also popular in Ghana and Cote d'Ivore.
  • Jan 1, 1250

    Timbuktu becomes center of learning

    Timbuktu becomes center of learning
    All the great scholars and mathmaticians flock to Timbuktu and use their scientific expertise to educate the people of Mali. This means that all the West African technologies can be made known to the rest of the Islamic world.
  • Medicines

    Medicines
    The West Africans discover how to protect themselves against and cure smallpox.
  • Adinkra symbols

    Adinkra symbols
    The Akan people of Ghana and Cote d'Ivore create the Adinkra visual symbols to help explain concepts and thoughts. These symbols were typically found on items of pottery, but more recently have also been emblazoned on cloths.
  • Contemporary Age

    Contemporary Age
    We move into the contemporary era of cars and computers.