Lesson Plan

Lesson 3: Trekking to Timbuktu: Timbuktu: A Center of Trade (Teacher Version)

1659 French Map of Northwest Africa, depicting the areas covered in this curriculum unit.
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1659 French Map of Northwest Africa, depicting the areas covered in this curriculum unit.

The trade network that flourished in West Africa led to the rise of a number of important cities. Timbuktu is a prime example. From rather humble beginnings, it grew to become the heart of commerce in the kingdom of Mali.

Guiding Questions

What were the origins of Timbuktu?

What was so important about its setting?

What was the kingdom of Mali?

How did Timbuktu become a part of Mali?

Learning Objectives

Discuss the origins of Timbuktu.

Explain the importance of its location.

Describe the kingdom of Mali.

Understand how and why Timbuktu became a part of Mali.