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Songhai Empire: Sunni Ali, Islamic, Timbuktu

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Songhai Empire: Sunni Ali, Islamic, Timbuktu


Converted to Catholicism to enhance trade with Portugal

King Afonso I

Catholic King who wrote a letter to the King of Portugal to end slave trade in Kongo

Kongo eventually destroyed


Set up as a slave colony by the Portuguese

Queen Nzinga resisted Portuguese control but overcome by superior weapons

Swahili City States

East African city states controlled by the Portuguese with cannons

Russia emerges

Peter the Great


Capital Peterhof modeled after Versailles, western math and science, modernized the navy, western clothes and fashion

Catherine the Great

Proclaims Russia a western nation

Serfdom continues until next time period

Serfdom abolished in 1861 comparable to the US slavery (1865)

European Nation States develop maritime (sea based) empires

Portugal: slave trade, sugar plantation (Brazil), control of Swahili city states and Indian Ocean

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