West African History
Part II: Short EssaysChoose (3) of the following, and write a brief but well-organized essay for each that answers the prompt, using the textbook and your lecture notes, and with well-chosen historical examples, and of course in your own words. 10 points each; total of 30 points1. There is a growing consensus among scientists that all humans are descended from ancestors who lived in Africa. Explain.2. Explain how the speakers of Bantu languages became the dominant population in the southern half of Africa.3. Explain the ways that Ancient Egypt succeeded in maintaining its culture for some 3,000 years4. How do oral traditions enrich our understanding of West African history?5. How (and when and why) did Ghana, Mali and Songhai become wealthy and powerful empires in West Africa?6. Briefly explain how the Swahili Coast gold trade encouraged independent trade-towns rather than regional empires.