West and Central Africa: History and Its Influence, Part 1


World Cultures Sub-Saharan Africa West and Central Africa: History and Its Influence, Part 1
Students learn about the early civilizations of West and Central Africa, including the role of trade. Next, they explore both the early African slave trade and the Atlantic Slave Trade. Then they learn about the Scramble for Africa and analyze the impact on the region. Finally, students consider other forms of human domination in today's society.

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In this experience, students learn about the early civilizations of West and Central Africa, including the role of trade. Next, they explore both the early African slave trade and the Atlantic Slave Trade. Then they learn about the Scramble for Africa and analyze the impact on the region. Finally, students consider other forms of human domination in today’s society.

This experience contains a substantial amount of content as well as the weighty topic of African slavery. You may want to break this experience into two sessions if needed.

Objectives:

  • Describe the early civilizations of West and Central Africa.
  • Identify West Africa’s trading empires.
  • Describe the impact of the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism on West and Central Africa.


If you close your eyes and picture West and Central Africa, what do you see? Can you name any of the countries there? Is it a region you know a lot about? You will learn a great deal more about the history of West and Central Africa in this experience!

Objectives:

  • Describe the early civilizations of West and Central Africa.
  • Identify West Africa’s trading empires.
  • Describe the impact of the Atlantic slave trade and European colonialism on West and Central Africa.




What words come to mind when you hear the word slavery? To list more than one word, separate them with a comma, like this: Rome, Paris.

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Discuss student responses. Some students will think of slavery in terms of the United States, the south, and the Civil War. Others will think of it in terms of Africa and the stealing of its citizens and resources. Still others may think of other types and regions of slavery throughout history and around the world today. 


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