The Songhai Empire started in 1464 and ended in 1591.
Gained power from attacking Mali from all sides, access to gold and salt mines, and Sunni Ali's leadership. Gained land from Sunni Ali taking advantage of the weak Mali empire. Gained wealth from Sunni Ali controlling trade routes and sources of salt and gold.
Resources that were used for trading purposes was gold and slaves.
Goods that came from North Africa was iron, cloth, gold, kola nuts, salt, and copper.
People of the Songhai Empire practiced the Muslim religion. When dangerous paths were crossed, fortune tellers, sorcerers, possession priests, and people who talk to spirits. These people have to know history, plants, words, and practices.
The Songhai Empire has an advantage which is the Sahara Desert, due to salt mines. However, the Sahara Desert is a disadvantage due to extreme heat, sandstorms, and sandstorms. Another advantage is the Niger River, due to the producing of oil, ability of transportation, irrigation, and fishing. The downfall of the Niger River is that there would be flooding.
Sculptures and masks were the most important type of art in Africa. These two types of art were put together with dance. Jewelry was made out of many materials from gems, to beads, to animal teeth. Pottery was created for things like bowls and pots.
In the mid-1500's the Songhai Empire ended due to internal strife (fighting or arguing violently). 1591 the Morrocan army attacked the cities of Timbuktu and Gao. Soon, this attacking led to the empire falling apart. Then, this led to the separating into many separate smaller states.