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Chapter 5, Lesson 1: The Roots of Mighty Empires (pp. 108-111)

I. A Land of Many Climates

II. A New Technology

    A. In West Africa, the Nok people were the first to begin working iron, around 450 B.C., and were also skilled potters.

    B. The Nok people shared their knowledge of iron making and pottery with the people they met.

III. An Ancient Trade Center

    A. The ancient trading city, Jenne-jeno, on the Niger River, was inhabited from 250 B.C. to A.D. 1400.

    B. Traveling by river or by camel caravan, people brought food, metal, minerals, and a variety of wares to trade in the city.

    C. Jenne-jeno was completely abandoned by 1400.

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