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Savanna

a grassy plain in tropical and subtropical regions, with few trees.

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Plateau

an area of relatively level high ground.

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Sahara Desert

largest hot desert in the world

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Bantu

relating to or denoting a group of Niger–Congo languages spoken

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Swahili

a Bantu language widely used as a lingua franca in East Africa and having official status in several countries.

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Subsistence

the action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level.

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Mansa musa

The Riches man in the world. And still is.

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Ghana

A country of West Africa

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Mali

A country of western Africa. The site of several powerful states

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Zimbabwe

Formerly Southern Rhodesia

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Timbuktu

a town in central Mali

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Mohammed

The Arab founder of Islam

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Askia

Askia the Great, was an emperor, military commander, and political reformer of the Songhai Empire in the late 15th century

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Sonni Ali

Sunni Ali was the first king of the Songhai Empire

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Matrilineal

of or based on kinship with the mother or the female line.

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Oral tradition

a community's cultural and historical traditions passed down by word of mouth or example from one generation to another without written instruction.

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Gold and salt trade

Camel caravans from North Africa carried bars of salt as well as cloth, tobacco, and metal tools across the Sahara to trading centers

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Trans-Saharan

a desert in N Africa

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Songhai

a member of a people living mainly in Niger and Mali.

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Griot

a member of a class of traveling poets

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Diviner

a person skilled in using a divining rod.

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Lineage

lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or pedigree.

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Ibn batuta

a Moroccan Muslim scholar and traveler

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Indian Ocean

third largest of the world's oceanic divisions

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Sahel

ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna