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Unit 2: How Trade and Travel Changed the World

Lesson G: Avenues of Change in Africa

Activity 3: West African Trade Through Portuguese Contacts

Travel and trade impacted West African kingdoms starting in the 1400s. Select "Play" to begin the following simulation and learn about the participation of Africans in European trade. As you follow the journey south down the coast of West Africa, read about the benefits of contact and trade with Europeans for Africans.

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Written Activity - Student Resource

Answer the West Africa questions on Part II of your Student Resource: Islam and Trade in Africa 1300-1550 Graphic Organizer (doc).

  • What present day countries are in the region?
  • What African kingdoms and city-states were in the region?
  • How did contact and trade with Europeans impact African economy, culture and politics?

Now that you have learned about the impact of long distance contact and trade in West Africa, move on to a discussion of events in East Africa.