Songhai Storyboard

Songhai Storyboard

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  • The Songhai Empire was a state that dominated the western Sahel in the 15th and 16th century. At its peak, it was one of the largest states in African history
  • Islam
  • Rainforest, Niger River, Sahara Desert, and the grasses of the Savanna are some of the landforms found on the Songhai Empire.
  • Songhai society traditionally was highly structured, comprising a king and nobility, free commoners, artisans, griots (bards and chroniclers), and slaves.
  • The Songhai culture became a blend of traditional West African beliefs and the religion of Islam. Daily life was often ruled by traditions and local customs, but the law of the land was based on Islam and they had a Monarchy government.
  • The economy of the Songhai Empire was very strong and efficient. The city of Jenne was the center of trade, located in the middle of the empire (around present-day Mali).
  • Based on a caste system, Songhai society predominantly looked to the emperor for leadership. His authority presided over social, religious and political matters.
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