7 Medieval African Kingdoms Everyone Should Know About While Europe was experiencing its Dark Ages, a period of intellectual, cultural and economic regression from the sixth to the 13th centuries, Africans were experiencing an almost continent-wide renaissance after the decline of the Nile Valley civilizations of Egypt and Nubia.
The empires of Africa, before colonialism: This map of indigenous African empires is not exhaustive. It spans two thousands years from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D., so these empires were not concurrent; some existed centuries apart. But it shows that, like with North America and perhaps even more so, sub-Saharan Africa was rich with vast and powerful empires long before the Europeans arrived.
Country Board Part 2- 5.) The Mali Empire originated from the Western African empire of the Mandinka people, before it was given its current name. I chose this picture because it shows Sundiata Keita, the founder of the West African empire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Mali