A history of West Africa, 1000-1800 by Basil Davidson

By Basil Davidson

This article is designed for college students getting ready for O point heritage, supplying an exam of a few of the foremost tendencies and occasions in West African background from advert 1000-1800.

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Futa Toro and the Fulani O n e other development i n Senegal must be noticed. T h i s was the rise of A l t h o u g h the Wolof proved strong enough to keep the Portuguese out of their country, they were unable to hold their empire together. T h e m a i n reason for this lay i n the advantages w h i c h the l e a d i n g m e n of Cayor the biggest of the 'daughter states' of Jolof, could now w i n from coastal trade with Europeans. A s this trade expanded, the nobles of Cayor grew more powerful; and, growing more powerful, they became more independent.

The unirai region. 3 they had extensive trading links w i t h N o r t h A f r i c a , and even had their tombstones brought from M u s l i m S p a i n . T h e evidence of the early history of G a o , as it has come down to us through the books of seventeenth-century writers i n T i m b u k t u , does not always agree w i t h the evidence of the tombstones: the actual names of the kings on the tombstones are not the same as the names recorded from oral traditions. Otherwise the traditions greatly help to expand the three certain points that are proved by the tombstones.

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