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Ghana is a west African country boardering on the Gulf of Guienna. The climate is usually tropical and warm in the south but in the north its hot and dry. the religion is 25% Muslim, 41% Christian, and 9% as an other. slave trade usually ranged to 100,000 people per year. for trade camels brought in important tools such as books, salt, textiles, tools, ivory and slaves. people dress in traditional styles based on ancestors, hand woven or sewn with rich color and tough material. they ate starchy food and soups with the appearance of red or maybe orange. "Ancient Africa." Ducksters Educational Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Mali is the largest in west Africa influenced by the culture and its spread of language, laws and culture. the government was led by the Emporer Mansa. it was divided into provinces led by Ferba. Islam played an important roll. they has a castes system where the farmers were the most respected. they had small tribes and cultural groups. Traditional dress varies for men is the boubou (an ample, full-length tunic). Women wear a pagne (wraparound skirt) and matching tunic and headdress. Unique colors are often achieved through hand dyeing. Teenage girls and young women wear wraparound or narrow tailored skirts and matching cotton print tops. A small but growing number of teenage girls in urban areas wear pants. cite: and "Ancient Africa." Ducksters Educational Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
songhai was a trading state, centered on the middle of the Niger river and extending into the west atlantic coast. Songhai's main religion is Islam. The capital was at Gao, a city surrounded by a wall. It was a great cosmopolitan market place where kola nuts, gold, ivory, slaves, spices, palm oil and precious woods were traded in exchange for salt, cloth, arms, horses and copper. Considered one of the greatest African empires, from the early fifteenth to the late sixteenth century, Songhai was also one of the largest empires in Western Africa. "Ancient Africa." Ducksters Educational Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.
Benin is one of Africa's smallest countries, and displays little fluctuation in elevation. The country transitions from a narrow and somewhat sandy coastal area to a marshy land with lagoons that rise into the La Terre de Barre Plateau. the population of Benin is 27.1% Catholic, 24.4% Muslim, and 17.3% Vodoun the other percentages are other religions. The oba became the supreme political, judicial, economic, and spiritual leader of his people, and he and his ancestors eventually became the object of state cults that utilized human sacrifice in their religious observances. many slaves were captives of war. they were sold to far away lands in order to pay depts. thier population is less than 11 million habitants, Benin is also home to 42 migrated African ethnic groups. "Ancient Africa." Ducksters Educational Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2017.

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