West African Kingdoms and Empires


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  • I was there to trade my salt. The king taxes you just to go there. The tax is making Ghana rich.
  • I hear that Ghana has protected trade routes by their armies. I'm trading some of my gold.
  • A ruler united tribes and led them to overthrow. Overtime, Mali became stronger.
  • Mali rose through Ghana's collapse. It lasted from the early 13th century to the late 15th.
  • Songhai was one of the largest Islamic empires in history.
  • The capital city was Gao. Upper classes usually converted to Islam.
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