The Histories


Africa as a subject of study is often divided into sections that share similar characteristics due to its long and complex history. West Africa has a long history that allows it to be studied from various points of view, in this case being examined in terms of changes. Over the course of less than three centuries, West Africa went from being a self-sufficient region with wealthy areas to being dependent on imports, outside resources, and aid. During this transition, there is a remarkable change in the institutions (such as religion, economy, and the family), class and gender roles, and ultimately the self-sufficiency that enabled them to dictate the trade that initially generated their wealth.