Social Studies - 2019-20
WHII.7b - Social and Cultural Patterns in East & West Africa
The student will demonstrate an understanding of the political, cultural, geographic, and economic conditions in sub-Saharan Africa from about 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to about 1800 A.D. (C.E.) by
b) comparing and contrasting the development of social and cultural patterns in East Africa and West Africa;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
Between about 1500 A.D. (C.E.) and about 1800 A.D. (C.E), the empires of Africa developed social and cultural patterns as a result of indigenous traditions and interactions with foreign nations.
Social and cultural patterns in West Africa
o While Islam was practiced by rulers, most people remained loyal to their indigenous religions.
o Because of trade relationships with foreign nations and empires, Songhai was a cultural center of Africa, including cities like Timbuktu.
o Practice of indigenous religion and use of indigenous language
o Threats from European invasion and other African empires created a militaristic society
Social and cultural patterns in East Africa
o Influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam through trade
o Differences in religion and European interaction caused conflict