This looks like a great place to farm, let's settle our community here.
Yeah, let's settle here
Villages in West Africa
Hi. My family and I, and a couple other families have come from another settlement and want to join your community. Can we unite and create a village?
I will trade you a bag of salt for a good amount of crops.
Town and Cities in West Africa
I'm gonna go farm
The earliest communities that settled in the plains of the desert. Early communities had around 15-20 people with some families.
Kingdoms in West Africa
Fine. Cross the river and we will pay you your tribute.
Villages in early Western African developed by extended families coming together to form bigger communities. These families would unite to fend off against attacks from the outside.
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The production of iron tools help make a surplus of crops, that could make a village a trading site. From this, villages grew into stable towns and cities from wealth and reasources.
The rulers of some trading cities became wealthy by collecting taxes from the goods that were bought and sold. With their wealth, they could raise large armies and conquer other trading areas. Rulers also collected tribute from people conquered. The payment of tribute was a sign that the conquered people accepted the king's authority.
We conquered your town and your land, now pay your tribute, or else.