African History

Main

Egypt

Middle Nile

rise of Napata

900 BC - 800 BC

Meroe

400 BC - 300

hight of Meroe

1 BC - 100

Aksum

Mixed Farming Well Established

3000 BC

Development of small centralized settlements

2000 BC - 1000 BC

Overtake Meroe in ivory trade

0 BC

Begin Interfering in South Arabian Affairs

200

Coinage

300

Conversion to Christianity

356

Direct rule of South Arabia

520 - 570

forced out by Persians... Arabs and Persians gradually absorb Aksum's market share... and Aksum declines

Move to Ethiopian Interior, isolation, end of glory

800

West Africa

Agricultural Revolution + Settlements

1000 BC

gathering to cultivation

Villages

600 BC

Iron tools

500 BC

Used in sahara and savannah, origin unknown (spread from other centers or independent development)

development of large urban centers

400 - 900

Ghana empire

980

peak of Ghana Empire

1050