The songhai empire was a succession of dynasties that spread through portions of present day mali, burkina faso, senegal, guinea, nigeria, niger, and mauritania between the sixth and. The songhai empire flourished in the western sahel region of africa between ad 1400 and 1600 sonni ali, the paramount chief of the sonni dynasty, led the songhai people in conquering the.
The songhai empire and its religion and social structure were strongly connected to the religion of islam and the gold-for-salt trade the trading center of timbuktu was the perfect example. The songhai empire was the largest and last of the three major pre-colonial empires to emerge in west africa from its capital at gao on the niger river, songhai expanded in all directions.
This lesson examines the reasons why the songhai empire collapsed after arising as one of the most powerful and wealthy empires in the west africa.
Songhai empire: songhai empire, , great trading state of west africa (fl 15th–16th century), centred on the middle reaches of the niger river in what is now central mali and eventually. The songhai empire, at its height more than 14 million square kilometres in size, had not lasted more than four generations still, the songhai endure – nowadays more than three million.
The songhai people (also songhay or sonrai) are an ethnic group in west africa who speak the various songhai languages their history and lingua franca is linked to the songhai empire which.
Kids learn about the history of the songhai empire of ancient africa including location, culture, askia muhammad government, slaves, the gold trade, interesting facts, and the fall of the. The songhai empire (also transliterated as songhay) was a state that dominated the western sahel in the 15th and 16th century at its peak, it was one of the largest states in african.
Overview, west africa and the rise of the songhai empire west africa is home to many of africa's oldest kingdoms these kingdoms played an important role in the development of trade and.