Study the Niger River and the relationship of vegetation zones of forest, savannah, and desert. Study trade in gold, salt, food, and slaves; study growth of Ghana and Mali empires. Analyze importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa. Describe role of trans-Saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. Trace growth of Arabic language in government, trade, and Islamic scholarship in West Africa. Describe importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture. (from World History and Geography: Medieval and early Modern Times - CA curriculum) --Emily Odza
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