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;

Adopted: 2015



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

 Songhai

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.

 Asante (Ashanti)

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

 Ethiopia

o Influence of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam through trade

o Differences in religion and European interaction caused conflict


Updated: Jun 01, 2018