African Kingdoms: The Songhai Empire
From the 14th century to the 16th century the Songhai Empire remained a major power in West Africa. The empire was located in the valley of the Niger River and controlled over 1,000 miles of territory on the Niger River. The Songhai Empire’s wealth stemmed mainly from their trade. The Songhai trade was mainly derived from gold and practical crafts. The Songhai were also well-known for their religious artifacts. They encouraged trading in the Empire by ensuring the protection of merchants and port cities located on the Niger River. The empire reached its maximum prominence under the reign of Muhammad I. While the Songhai Empire was powerful, it eventually split into several smaller kingdoms due to its lack of a traditional succession of rulers.
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Last updated: 04/06/2018