I think it would be advantageous for both of our communities to band together. We simply need more workers.
I agree. We both need help, and we could be much more efficient together.
Hooray! I feel much more comfortable now that we have that big wall keeping us safe!
I finished the gate!
I think you should be the new leader of our village. You are wise beyond your years and always work hard!
Thank you so much!
Over time, farming communities made up of extended families joined together to form villages. This was usually to obtain help that they needed in areas such as controlling flooded rivers and mining, which required more people than they had.
These taxes just keep getting more and more expensive! I don't know how they expect merchants like me to make a living!
These communities also banded together for protection against attacks by outsiders, building high walls and strong wooden gates to keep their newly-formed village safe.
Sire, I speak in representation of the area that you conquered just to the north of the Niger. They have decided to pay tribute, and will gladly accept you as their king.
Hooray! More gold! With that, I can raise even MORE armies and conquer even MORE territory!!
These communities generally contained about 100 to 200 people, and their leaders were chosen for their wisdom and strength.
As some West African rulers grew wealthy off of taxes on the goods that were traded, they began to use this wealth to raise large armies with which to conquer their surrounding territory.
Another source of these rulers' wealth was tribute paid by people that they conquered, which allowed them to become even more powerful. Soon, some had realms of influence so wide that they were considered kingdoms.