Agriculture in West Africa

Ighayere

Ad Honorem
Jul 2012
2,516
Benin City, Nigeria
#11
to what records are you referring?
Well something like this, for example (11th century, from Gao, in west Africa):



Considering that a big chunk of west Africa was Muslim I thought it might be obvious that I was referring to west African Muslim records.

But actually there probably were also some pagan records that were destroyed in wars.
 
Jan 2019
25
Norway
#12
Sub-Saharan Africans never developed agriculture beyond "leave some seeds around and perhaps it'll grow". sub-Saharan Africans were mostly hunter-gatherers and horticulturalist, with a few exceptions who learned agriculture from the Natufians and their descendants. Horticulturalism is extremely primitive and ancient, agriculture is maybe 20,000 years old. They mostly were just eating whatever scraps and leaves and husks and pulped vegetable and fruit flesh they could cultivate.

To classify that as agriculture is an over-statement. That's horticulture, almost as or more primitive than that of the Jomon culture in 14,000 BC. Agriculture similar to what people did in Eurasia would have led to the development of things like calendars, but sub-Saharan Africans didn't develop any kind of calendars.
 
Nov 2018
74
West Covina
#13
Sub-Saharan Africans never developed agriculture beyond "leave some seeds around and perhaps it'll grow". sub-Saharan Africans were mostly hunter-gatherers and horticulturalist, with a few exceptions who learned agriculture from the Natufians and their descendants. Horticulturalism is extremely primitive and ancient, agriculture is maybe 20,000 years old. They mostly were just eating whatever scraps and leaves and husks and pulped vegetable and fruit flesh they could cultivate.

To classify that as agriculture is an over-statement. That's horticulture, almost as or more primitive than that of the Jomon culture in 14,000 BC. Agriculture similar to what people did in Eurasia would have led to the development of things like calendars, but sub-Saharan Africans didn't develop any kind of calendars.
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Sep 2012
932
Spring, Texas
#14
The Ancient Americans in Texas and Louisiana used to seasonally migrate to different areas when certain foods were available. Along the Gulf Coastal Plains there were large mounds found where they stopped to eat shellfish, oysters and other seafood. To the North the locals grew Maize and hunted Buffalo and other animals. Also found were Pecans and Hickory nuts. Knowing where to look at certain times of the year tells me there was a sophisticated system in place. Some Tribes planted Nut and Fruit trees, especially in the Amazon. To support a certain lifestyle does not mean it has to be sophisticated. West Africa domesticated Millet and Ground Nuts.

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