The Songhay Empire 1450-1591

The Sonni and Askia Dynasties

By Dr Toby Green, published 27th March 2019

Rise and Fall

In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London examines the history of the Songhay (Songhai) Empire, which dominated the Western Sahel region of West Africa during the 15th-16th centuries.

1. What were the reasons for the rise of the Songhay Empire?
2. Who were the key figures in the development of the Songhay Empire?
3. How did the Sonni and Askia dynasties develop?
4. How important was Timbuktu to the Songhay Empire?
5. Why did the Songhay Empire collapse?
6. What was the legacy of the Songhay Empire?

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