Social Studies - 2019-20

WHII.7c - Social and Cultural Patterns in Central & Southern 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

c) comparing and contrasting the development of social and cultural patterns in Central and Southern 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 Central and Southern Africa

 Kongo

o Portuguese missionaries were successful in converting rulers to Christianity, resulting in the conversion of the entire kingdom.

o The art of the Kongo was elaborate, using wood, cloth, and terra-cotta.

 Zulu

o Practice of indigenous religion, characterized by ancestral spirits and the use of magic, occurred.

o History passed through oral traditions in the indigenous language.


Updated: Jun 01, 2018