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West Africa, early history

Ghana– The Gold coast

The early Kingdom of Ghana (sometimes known as "Ghanata" or "Wagadugu") were one of the most powerful African empires for several hundred years. At the time it was far more developed than any European country. The Ghana empire was in the Sahel: It included most of present-day Senegal and some regions of Mali and Mauritania, but did not reach as far south as what we know as Ghana today. Use of metals were known and the Kingdom were well organised with laws and economy.

 

Gold Coast & European Exploration:

 Before March 1957 Ghana was called the Gold Coast.

The Portuguese who came to Ghana in the 15th Century found so much gold between the

rivers Ankobra and the Volta that they named the place Mina - meaning Mine.

The Gold Coast was later adopted to by the English colonisers. Similarily, the French,

equally impressed by the trinkets worn by the coastal people, named The Ivory Coast,

 Cote d'Ivoire.

Area: 239,460 sq km

Population: 23 million

Capital city: Accra (pop 1.97 million)

People: Akan (44%), Mole-Dagbane (16%), Ewé (13%), Ga (8%), Guan, Gurma, Gonja, Dagomba Language: English (official language), Ewé, Ga, Twi

Religion: Christian (60%), Muslim (15%), traditional African religions (25%)

Government: Constitutional democracy

Major industries: Mining, lumber, gold, cocoa, light manufacturing

Major trading partners: US, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea

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