The Vibrant Tradition and History of Niger Compare to the Current Bleak Economic Situation

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Niger, home of the free flowing Niger River is a Sub-Saharan country. Sadly it is an extremely poor country. With part of the country desert and less than 3% open for crop use. The present economic situation is bleak at best. Yet, the vibrant tradition and history of this country live today in its tribes and its people even through all of its adversities. From severe droughts to military coups to a dysfunctional government to the culture has stayed strong. Niger is one of the most poorly located places in the world. With few natural resources and even fewer arable land it needs help from a lot of countries. Niger receives most of their imports from France. They get various objects from donations as sixty-four percent of Nigerians are …show more content…

The Air Mountains run through the western part of the country and it's here where you can find Mount Idoukal-n-Taghes, the largest point in Niger towering at 2022 meters. Niger is in Western Africa. It borders with Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, and Nigeria {in which it shares the largest borders with}. Niger has had a lush, and colorful history and it all starts 6000 years ago. At this point humans have first settled here. Until the 11th century there were just indigenous tribes. At 1000 A.D. the Tuareg people came down from Libya and started conquering the region. At the 15th century, they made a very rich and prosperous city-state called Agadez. It became rich becomes it was a center of a trade route between East-Africa and Western Africa plus it was a kind of oasis from the hot, scorching, and barren desert. Then the Songhai came and took over Agadez. With the previous trade and now the Muslim dominated Songhai empire, most people converted from their old beliefs to Islam. After that the Songhai broke up and indigenous tribes lived on until the late 1800s. Now at this point France was coming and it wanted to claim land. It took them roughly 30 years as the Tuareg held up a fierce army, but at 1905 Niger finally was conquered. Then at 1960 Niger finally won its independence. Niger had a military rule. In the early seventies they experienced a brief period of economic

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