West Africa 1648 CE

Songhai was the next West African kingdom to grow into a large empire, but in the late 16th century it was conquered by a Morrocan army from the north. Moroccan soldiers and settlers have since formed the Arma state in ...

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What is happening in West Africa in 1648CE

Songhai was the next West African kingdom to grow into a large empire, but in the late 16th century it was conquered by a Morrocan army from the north. Moroccan soldiers and settlers have since formed the Arma state in the western Savannah. To the east, kingdom of Bornu has gained stability and prosperity. It has reconquered its historic heartland, lost to it in the 15th century.

Since the mid-15th century European merchants and sailors who have become increasingly active along the West African coast. The Atlantic Slave trade is by now in full swing, with tens of thousands of captives are taken from the region each year. In return for supplying slaves, the African kings and traders demand metalware, cloth, spirits and guns. Inland, the slave trade is entirely in the hands of local African traders, often operating in large, well-organized enterprises.

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