Kingdoms of Ancient and Medieval Africa



The New Gold Road Project (Beta Version)

The Gold Road Interactive Map highlights the people, places, and items related to the medieval Sudanic empires of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. Gold, the region’s most valuable resource, moved along regional and trans-Saharan routes reaching as far north as France. The Gold Road invites users to explore hundreds of topics related to the empires and their role in global history. This is a collaborative project of the Howard University African Studies Center, Africa Access, and the Boston University African Studies Center. Access the landing page and teaching resources by clicking the image below.

Select Resources on Medieval West African Kingdoms





North East



The Spread of Islam

Bibliographies and Other Resources