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mod1 Module 2 Lesson 1 - The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Ghana - Glossary
Word Definition
century 100 years
Soninke people who lived in present day Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mauritania; founders of the kingdom of Ghana; also called Sarakulle.
gana

or kana; king,  the title of the ruler of Ancient Ghana.

  Aoudaghost

important trading town in Ghana

  Almoravids

a group of people from North Africa who eventually conquered Ghana.

  Wagadu

the Soninke name for their kingdom (Ghana).

  Kumbi Saleh

the capital city of the kingdom of Ghana.

  Kante

a clan in Ghana that specialized as blacksmiths.

  anvil

a sturdy piece of iron which heated metal is placed to be beaten into a shape.

  dinar

gold coin used as money for trading.

  barter

trade; the act of buying, selling or moving one good for another good.

  deba

a special drum used to make announcements.

  petition

a request for a decision about blame.

  governor

a person who rules a territory or leader on behalf of the king.

  vizier

high ranking adviser to the king

  drought

a long period with little to no rainfall (dry weather) causing very bad conditions for crop growth and health.

  Koran

the sacred book of Islam.

  SuSu

people from the South who invaded Ghana in the 13th century.

  invade

to attack and enter another land.

  thicket

a thick growth of small trees or bushes.

  Islam

a religion that teaches that Allah is the one God.

  page

youth who acts as personal servant for a royal person, like a king.

  tribute

a payment by one ruler to another as a result of defeat; tax.

  flourished

to have continuous strong growth.

  apprentice

a person who is studying and learning a job or skill; trainee; beginner.

  initiation

introduction; beginning.

  ore

a naturally occurring mineral from which metals can be taken.

  Kante a clan in Ghana that specialized in blacksmithing.
  Nok Culture

people from Nigeria who were the first to practice iron working.

  butternut(s)

the oily edible nut of the butternut tree, similar in appearance to a walnut and with a sweetish taste.

  sorghum a cereal plant that is resistant to drought, widely cultivated in tropical and warm areas as a grain crop and for animal feed.
  Mande

a people of Guinea and Mali whose blacksmiths were highly valued and feared.