Storyboard of West Africa

Storyboard of West Africa

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  • Early Communities
  • Hello, I was wondering if your community would like to trade with ours? This way both of us can get goods that aren't local to our land.
  • These two men are the male elder that makes decisions for their extended family.  An extended family, that consists of 15-20 people, works together to clear fields, plant seeds, and harvest crops.
  • My extended family would love to trade with yours as two extended families trading with one another 
  • Transformation to Villages
  • I agree; we can become a big village and take advantage of our natural resources rather than trading for resources.
  • Villages have 100-200 people. Extended families banded together to form villages for protection and to take advantage of natural resources.
  • Our communities should join together to become a village.
  • Growth of Cities
  • More efficient for farming, iron tools were created and utilized. Farming was easier now so more people could specialize in different tasks. Also, some villages became trading sites because of the increase in trade of surplus goods, and others located themselves near important resources such as iron ore or gold.
  • We should trade our extra goods for goods we can't produce.
  • We've created a surplus of goods because of the growth in ironworking.
  • Rise of Kingdoms and Empires
  • Wealthy rulers bought larger armies to conquer neighboring lands, and preserved wealth by charging tribute and controlling trade.
  • We can gain more wealth and trust our people when growing our empire by making people of the land we conquer pay tribute to us 
  • Our city has become so wealthy from trade. We can pay for larger armies and conquer nearby lands.
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