West Africa Essay

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West Africa is know for its rich trading empire, natural landmarks, for their beautifully designed cloth, and jewelry.

To begin with, West Africa is known for its interesting land features, landforms, and its gradually changing climate. For example, Lake Chad is one of West Africa's well known features. Lake Chad is one of Africa's largest freshwater lake, and is know for its shrinking over time in size. Some other rivers located in this region include the Senegal, Niger, Volta, and the Benue river. Oceans surrounding this region include the Atlantic Ocean which is south of this region. The two types of coasts in this region include a
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As you can see, this region has a climate that changes gradually depending on the area it is located.

Natural resources contribute a huge part in this region. The two main products in this region include gold and salt, which were traded across the Sahara for many years. Another major contributor is the export of diamonds, gold, and magnesium. Although not many countries in this region are as fortunate, Ghana relies on the export of these products, which resulted in a Per Capita Income of $1,900. Although this is a very high income for this region, it is still low compared to the industrialized world. Even though resources play a huge part in this region,culture also contributes to what the region is like today. For example, The two main types of cultures in West Africa are the Ashanti and the Benin. The Ashanti resides in Ghana, and is known for their work in colorful weavings which are known as Kente cloth. The designs on this cloth always provide a specific meaning. They are also known fro carving wooden stools, which represent unity between ancestral spirits and members of a family. The country of Benin however, has artists that have made objects out of metal and Terra Cota. They are also famous for their statues, masks, and jewelry.

West Africa Has always been Stateless society before colonialism. The fact of relying on family lineages worked well for African societies. Unfortunately, the 18th-19th century

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