Pinterest • The world’s catalog of ideas
from Washington Post

40 more maps that explain the world

The empires of Africa, before colonialism, "Washington Post," Jan. 13, 2014. This map spans 2,000 years from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D., so these empires were not concurrent; some existed centuries apart. Sub-Saharan Africa was rich with vast and powerful empires long before the Europeans arrived. The Songhai Empire, at its peak in the 14th century, was a global center of culture and learning, based in the still-famous mosques of Timbuktu.

from Abagond

Songhay Empire

The Songhay Empire (1468-1591), also written as Songhai, was an empire in West Africa centred on the Niger River. It was one of the largest and most advanced states of its time. Timbuktu, then in i...