Songhai Empire
Austin Conti, Dan Davis
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Rulers
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Sunni Ali
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Began rule in 1464
Ruled for 30 years
Professional Army
Aggressive Leader
Captured Timbuktu and Djenne Djeno
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Askia Muhammed
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Led revolt against Sunni’s son
37 Year Rule
Excellent Administrator
Lacked Modern Weapons
1591-Morrocan Invasion
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DRD
Culture
• Dialects – Songhai & French
• Religion – Mostly Muslim or
indigenous beliefs
• Islamic Holidays
• Edu. - Farming, Fishing, hunting,
building, cooking, weaving, sewing
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Economy
• Commerce induced by kings
• Much gold
• Timbuktu
–Leo Africanus – Muslim Scholar
–Mahud al-Kati
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Information Sources
• Internet:
– EveryCulture.com
• Literary Sources:
Great Ages of Man: African Kingdoms
–World History: Patterns of Interaction
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(In Order Of Appearance)
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Songhai Remains (Title Slide)
Sunni Ali (Rulers Title Slide)
Mountainside Ruins (Rulers Info Slides)
Songhai Map (Location Slide)
Friday Mosque (Culture and Economy)