An Egyptian civilization that became a unified state
Egypt's Old Kingdom Emerges
2663 BCE - 2195 BCE
The pyramids represented a hierarchy.
Egypt's Pharaoh Authority Was Discredited
Egypt then broke into separate cities for centuries
Centralized Rule Restored In Egypt
The pharaohs never fully regained their old power though.
The Hyksos Invade Egypt
1650 BCE - 1535 BCE
The Hyksos spread chariot technology into Egypt to use in their own military forces.
Egypt's New Kingdom Emerges
1550 BCE - 1064 BCE
A moral element was added in determining one's after life therefore democratizing the process.
Queen Hatshepsut Ruled Over Egypt
1472 BCE - 1457 BCE
Women had a significant degree of political power in Egypt which was seen as abnormal at the time.
300 BCE - 100 CE
Meroe was governed by an autocratic monarch who believed in human sacrifices. Meroe had economic specialization which meant more freedom from the government. Meroe also had long distance trading connections and was known for its great riches.
Cities Along the Niger River Arose
300 BCE - 900 CE
The most famous city was Jenne-jeno because it had no government. These cities had economic specializations and acted as alternatives to the oppressive states in Africa.
Bantu Speaking Peoples Moved Southward
1 CE - 100 CE
400 similar languages were created which brought cultural and linguistic unity to southern Africa thus making it a distinct region.
Axum was an agrarian society and served as the center for monumental buildings and art.
Trans-Saharan Commerce Began
300 CE - 400 CE
The introduction of camels made the trek across the Sahara possible thus turning the Sahara into an international trading route.
Axum Meets Christianity (300s CE)
300 CE - 399 CE
This encounter with Christianity gave Axum a religious link to Egypt until Egypt became Islamic
Axum Conquers Meroe's Nubian Civilization
Meroe fell and split into three separate Nubian states who operated as Christian civilizations until they were later Islamized.
Bantu Societies and Cultures Were Created
500 CE - 1500 CE
They developed religions that focused on the supernatural and had no missionary agendas.
West African Civilizations Emerged
500 CE - 1600 CE
These Niger River Valley Civilizations were monarchies with elaborate courts and gained great riches from the Trans-Saharan Trade.
Yoruba, Bini, and Igbo Societies Emerge
1000 CE - 1500 CE
They had farming village societies whose productivity generated larger populations. They traded locally and had cultural unity despite political fragmentation.
Swahili City States in Eastern Africa
1000 CE - 1500 CE
These city states accumulated goods from the inside of Africa and participated in the Indian Ocean world network while Islamizing
Islam Penetrated the West African States
Islam provided a link for West African states to Muslim trading partners. Africa didn't actually get Islamized religiously only economically and culturally.
Trans-Saharan Commerce Continues
The Trans-Saharan Commerce went under a cultural transformation which led to the creation of large scale states and empires
The Fulbe adopted Islam
The Fulbe were in the center of jihads that expanded the practice of Islam into their culture and give rise to a series of new states.
Slaves Traveled the Sahara
1100 CE - 1400 CE
Slaves went to work in Islamic North Africa and were sold in Europe
Kingdom of Great Zimbabwe
1250 CE - 1350 CE
It rose because of its great wealth from the Indian Ocean Commerce.
The Atlantic Slave Trade
Slaves were removed from their homes and transported to the Americas adding diversity. It slowed Africa's growth and was a political disruption
A crucial intersection of the Trans Saharan trade routes. It also became a center of Islam but that was limited to urban elites.
Urban Centers in Norte Chico Emerge
3000 BCE - 1800 BCE
A civilization made up of small cities off the coast of Peru. They had a rich fishing industry. They developed the quipu as an alternate form of writing. Norte Chico was the cultural model for all the Andean civilizations to come.
Mississippi River Valley Agricultural Revolution
The Mississippi River Valley people domesticated local plants as opposed to hunting and gathering
The Olmec Civilization Arose
It was a civilization along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It had an agricultural economy and created the first written language in the Americas.
750 BCE - 200 BCE
A blended religious movement that became a pilgrimage site and a training center which produced a widespread religious cult.
Hopewell Culture Emerged
200 BCE - 400 CE
It spread through the US bringing archaeology, elaborate burial rituals, and astronomy knowledge.
Moche Civilization Economy Problems (Peru)
100 CE - 800 CE
These ecological problems made Moche vulnerable to neighbors and internal social tensions thus leading to its collapse.
Classical Mayan Civilization Started
250 CE - 900 CE
The Maya made advances in math and astronomy and also developed an elaborate writing system.
Teotihuacan Influenced Mesoamerica
300 CE - 600 CE
It extracted tribute from other areas especially the Maya. The Teotihuacan put their people on the thrones of other civilizations and engaged in diplomatic relationships and long distance trade. Teotihuacan was a model for art and architecture.
Permanent Village Life in North America Emerged
600 CE - 800 CE
These people lived in pit houses, traded locally, and were occasionally involved in large webs of commerce.
Corn Based Agricultural Success in Mexico
As a result, larger populations and more complex societies emerged especially in Cahokia who had a large urban presence
Mayan population dropped causing the civilization to collapse.
Fiver Major Pueblos Emerged in Chaco Canyon
860 CE - 1130 CE
The Chacos were highly skilled astronomers so they went into the turquoise ornament business.
900 CE - 1250 CE
The center of a widespread trading network: the movement of goods around the US.
Warfare Among Iroquois Speaking People in New York
Political reforms were made and so was a peace alliance called the Great Law of Peace. The Iroquois League of Five Nations was formed to promote freedom and equality for all.
The Aztec Empire fostered many internal rebellions. The Aztecs participated in trade that stimulated the development of markets and the production of craft goods. Its religious beliefs kept it on the edge of catastrophe. Women and men were separate but equal.
Had a bureaucratic empire and attempted cultural integration. The Inca had economic relationships. Women and men were separate but equal.