Isolation Of Africa Essay

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Africa was isolated geographically by the Sahara Desert. The location of The Sahara Desert effects where the changes of civilizations made from isolation are in Africa. The isolation of Africa from the Sahara Desert has affected trade, religion, and culture of some of the civilizations that resided within Africa. The reason transportation was affected is that going through the Sahara Desert was a hard task before the domestication of camels. Religion was affected by Africa's isolation because new religious ideas could not reach part of Africa due to the Sahara Desert. Culture was affected in Africa by the blocking of other civilizations. The importance of the isolation made by the Sahara Desert is that it had set limitations on Africa both technologically and socially.
In Africa trade was affected by the geographical confinement from the Sahara Desert. This is influential on Africa's social and technological limitations because it affected regulates both the public interactions with other civilizations, and prevents civilizations above the Sahara Desert from accessing technology that can only be given to them through trade. An example of how trade was affected in Africa by the Sahara Desert is that the Axum or (Aksum) civilization only traded past the Sahara Desert through the Nile River. This only gave them a small pathway of trade with North Africa which was truly was more availiability to North Africa than most of the civilizations south of the Sahara Desert. This shows the impact that the Sahara Desert has made on trade within Africa. Trade had only began within the Sahara Desert once the Sand Road which was done between 500-1500 C.E. Trade done in Africa is significant because it gave the civilizations in Africa resources for them to live on and the isolation made by the Sahara Desert and Atlas Mountains had limited them. The prevention of trade through isolation had both technologically and socially impacted Africa by making it harder...

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