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Presentation Outline: Ghana, October 28, 2013
James Giberson

An examination of Ghana's historical development and subsequent fate. What was responsible for the downfall of the kingdom?

The Birth of Ghana The kingdom of Ghana was established in what is today West Africa in modern day Senegal and Mauritania (Not in what is present day Ghana) It lay between the Niger and Senegal river in what is today the dry desert of Sahel Ghana arose around the year 300 A.D. However, there is evidence that might suggest that it was earlier In this point of history the land was fairly fertile Indigenous people were able to collect wild cereals and domesticate cattle

How Trade Changed the Region Being on the west coast of Africa previously, it was difficult to the reach the region having to cross large amounts of desert This was changed by the domestication of the camel Camels were able to go much farther and travel with an increased amount of freight used for trading purposes The increased trade brought better technology to the region such as iron metallurgy It led to an expansion in tools and weaponry As trade increased it brought a major population boom along with it With the merchants traveling from the east, along with them came ideals from the East The merchants brought the study of Islam with them and the entire region became immersed in it

Gold With the increase in iron technology, along with it came an increase in the extraction of gold out of the region There are three major gold extraction methods: alluvial, shallow pit, and deep shaft Gold would get caught up in the sediment of the river and people would collect it and bring it back on to dry ground and sort the gold out from the sediments The gold that was extracted from Ghana had merchants flocking form the…...

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