Type
Crossword
Description

this kingdom stretched from the Atlantic to Lake Chad songhai
large body of water that seperates Europe from Africa mediterranan
according to the ancient Greeks this word meant not cold aphrike
these animals are known as the ships of the desert camels
largest desert located in Africa sahara
country between Egypt and Algeria libya
kingdom had over 200,000 soldiers ghana
island nation on the east coast of Africa madagascar
2nd largest continent africa
another name for grasslands savannah
worth it's weight in gold salt
means hello in swahili jamba
religion in african kingdom of Axum christianity
city in Mali that was the center of learning timbukutu
powerful ruler of Mali mansa musa
city that Mansa Musa travelled to for his hajj Mecca
kingdom of Songhai extended from the Atlantic to lake Chad
Songhi trading center that was located on the Niger river Gao
ocean on the east coast of Africa Indian
African kingdoms became wealthy because of trade

Africa Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

grassy plain Savanna
worlds largest desert sahara desert
expanding the desert desertification
root language for African farmers Bantu
located in present day Sudan Nubia
"land of gold" Ghana
founded by Sudanita about 1235 Mali
kings of Mali mansa's
greatest emperor and richest man of all time Mansa Musa
established in about 1450 in West Africa Songhai
expanded Sonhai dynasty Askia Muhammad
including parents and kids; better suited for hunter/gatherer lifestyle nuclear family
responsible for passing down traditions/stories orally Griot
Bantu language Swahili
typically used as a method for clearing forest land for farming Slashburn agriculture
based on relationship to the father or descent through the male line Patrilineal
based on kinship with the mother or the female line. Matrilineal
first king of the Songhai Empire Sonni Ali
major trading center for gold and salt on the trans-Saharan trade routes Timbuktu
Government Accountability Office Gao
a country in West Africa, just west of Nigeria Benin
a country in northeastern Africa Ethiopia
city in the south-eastern hills Great Zimbabwe

West African Kingdoms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

What religion did the Muslim merchants spread? Islam
What did the Moroccans have that the Songhai soldiers didn't? guns
What city was a center of Muslim learning in Mali? Timbuktu
Africans needed salt in their _____. diet
What precious metal was a popular trading source? gold
Where did Mansa Musa make the pilgrimage? Mecca
How many camels carried gold on Mansa Musa's pilgrimage? eighty
What kingdom was the largest in western Africa? Songhai
What was a powerful king called in the kingdom of Mali? Mansa
What is the largest desert in Africa and the world? Sahara
What is the longest river in the world? Nile
Who was in charge of keeping African history alive by oral storytelling? griots
Who was the Mali king known as the "Lion Prince"? Sundiata Keita
Nearly all trade came through this kingdom. Ghana
Sunni Ali was the leader of ________. Songhai
Which people's migration helped spread culture across medieval Africa? Bantu
What society was a mixture of African and Muslim culture? Swahili
What was the earliest known form of African art? rock painting
In west Africa most people lived in large, extended ____. families
Which geographic zone in Africa runs through the equator? Rain Forest
Tracing ancestry through the mother is known as ______. matrilineal
In Ghana, the throne passed to the king's _____. nephew
Who was the leader of Songhai during its "Golden Age"? Muhammad Ture
True or False - Mansa Musa let his people practice their own religion? True
Who was the Moroccan lawyer who wrote about Mansa Musa's pilgrimage? Ibn Battuta

African Empires Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Weapons used by the Moroccan army Guns
Desert in Western and Northern Africa Sahara
Founder of the Songhai Empire Sunniali
Most famous ruler of the Songhai Empire Askiathegreat
Invaders of the Mali Empire Almoravids
Founders of the Ghana Empire Soninke
Invaders of the Ghana Empire Almoravids
City that Mansa Musa traveled to Mecca
Greatest leader of the Ghana Empire Tunkamanin
Weapons used by the Songhai Empire Spears
Founder of the Mali Empire Sundiata
Buildings built by Mansa Musa Libraries
Important city in West Africa Timbuktu
Greatest ruler of the Mali Empire Mansa Musa
Trade item in West Africa Gold
Country which conquered Songhai Morocco
Trade item in West Africa Salt
Useful in the desert; 25 miles without water Camel

African Trading Empires Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Where was Mansa Musa born? Mali
What was the earliest trading kingdom in africa? Ghana
What part of Africa was the Sahara desert in? North
What was the third and final trading kingdom in Africa? Songhai
what animal did they use to cross the sahara desert? CAMEL
What was the religion of the Arab traders? Islam
What were the people called that tried to steal items from the traders? bandits
What were two items that Ghana and Mali traded? Gold and Salt
what were the people called that followed the islam religion? muslims
What was a tool that the traders used to travel? astrolabe
What year did Mali reach its peak as an empire? early 1300s

Ancient African Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

An area of high flat land Plateau
Traditional storytellers Griots
Mali's great warrior king who was called "Lion Prince" SundiataKeita
Language that means "people of the coast" Swahili
Largest Empire of West Africa Songhai
Songhai leader who seized control of Timbuktu SunniAli
Kingdom located by the Red Sea Axum
Climate zone that covers 40% of Africa's land area. Is Dotted with small trees and shrubs Savanna
West African Kingdom that taxed passing traders which made them rich Ghana
Boats used by Arab traders to sail to East Africa Dhows

African Trading Empires Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

what is Africas biggest desert in the north Sahara
what was the third and final trading kingdom in West Africa songhai
Ghana was known as..... Land of Gold
what is the journey only taken for religious reasons pilgrimage
Who was the ruler or king of Mali Mansa Musa
Ghana was rich in gold but they lacked....... salt
The camels became known as..... ship of the desert
How did Mali and Ghana gain their wealth......... trading
What was the religion of the Arab traders.... Islam
A city in the Arabian peninsula that is holy to Muslims. Mansa Musa visted here . Mecca
Who traveled to China Marco Polo

African Trading Empires Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Who was the king of Mali Mansa Musa
Which kingdom of West Africa thrived in 1300 Mali
Which instrument was used to help sailors find their location Astrolabe
What is a journey taken for religious reasons called Pilgramage
What was North Africa's huge desert Sahara
What was the first trading kindom in Africa Ghana
What is a group of traders traveling together called Caravan
What was the last trading kingdom in Africa Songhai
What was the city that was holy to Muslims Mecca
What was the trading city that was used for Muslim teaching Timbuktu
Ghana had lost of gold but lacked what Salt
What was the religion of the Arab traders Islam
Who did the Astrolabe help Sailors

West Africa Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The term "mansa" means what? king
Africa is the what largest continent in the world? Second
This king was the greatest king of Ghana. Tunka Manin
The idea of cannibalistic tribes came not from Africa, but from which continent? South America
What does Africa have that makes it almost an island? The Sinai Peninsula
What is the name of the people of Madagascar? Malagasy
Which African kingdom was the biggest and most powerful? Songhai
Who was richer, Bill Gates or Mansa Moosa Mansa Moosa
Nearly all trade came through this kingdom. Ghana
What happened when the Almoravids brought their cattle? Overgrazing
Griots took real history and did what to it? Twisted it
How long did Mansa Moosa rule? Till 1337
Which kingdom's name means "where the grouchy king resides"? Mali
Who introduced Mali to cotton? Sundiata
How did Mansa Moosa keep his empire in order His army
Mansa Moosa converted to which religion as a sign of good will? Islam
What did Ghana absorb Muslim architecture
When did Mansa Moosa make his famous pilgrimage to Mecca? 1324
Who made Timbuktu a center of learning and education? Mansa Moosa
Where did Africa get a lot of its influence? The Middle East

West Africa Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A lake in west Africa which they used for trade NigerRiver
An area of abundant trees and shrubs Woodlandforest
An area of lush vegetation and year-round rainfall rainforest
A desert that is 3,500,000 square miles in North Africa and northern part of West Africa Sahara Desert
An area that has tall grass and scattered trees Savanna
The oldest kingdom of west Africa Ghana
Based on a women's family line Matrilineal
A gold mine only the natives near where it was Wangara
An area were people made salt Taghaza
The kingdom that took down Ghana Mali
The earliest west African kingdom Songhai
Emperor of the most wealthiest kingdom in West Africa Mansa Musa
A piece of jewelry or other object that provided protection against bad luck, evil, illness and injury Amulet
Inheritance of the right to rule Succession
Based on man's family line Patrilineal

Kingdom and Trading States of Africa Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

new language that arose in Eastern Africa, a fusion of many Arabic words onto a Bantu base and was written in Arabic script Swahili
worlds largest dessert in North Africa, was a highway for migration and trade but its die and harsh terrain limited movement Sahara
a grassy plain savanna
process by which fertile or semidesert land becomes a desert desertification
or, kings who had influence over gold mining region and salt supplies in Africa mansas
Greatest emperor of Mali, expanded borders West and North to conquer new territory Mansa Musa
farming method in which forest and brush are cut down and burned to create planting fields slash and burn agriculture
type of African family where parents and children work together as one unit nuclear family
African family type, inheritance passed through father's side patrilineal
African family type, inheritance traced through mother's side matrilineal
professional poet or ancient story teller, preserved both histories and traditional folktales to educate future generations griot
founder of Mali Sundiata
First King of the Songhai Empire, brought trade routes and wealthy cities under his control Sonni Ali
a king of the Songhai Empire, set up a bureaucracy, made hajj to Mecca which increased ties with Muslim world Askia Muhammad
city in Mali that became the leading center of learning Timbuktu
Capital city of the Songhai Empire , had caravan trade routes Gao
First known empire in West Africa between 6th and 13th centuries Ghana