Great Zimbabwe

         The city started with a series of stone walls that help cattle. Over time they expanded the walls making them bigger and better and they also added castles. By the 1300's they had reached gold resources that helped create economic connections with cities in Sofala. Great Zimbabwe was also a major sight of manufacturing where gold and copper was crafted into jewelry. Not much is known about the government in Great Zimbabwe. Many historians believe they fallowed a god-king ruling over a large court much like the Egyptians. It was also expected that the the god-king shared power with queens who ruled over their own court.

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Around 1000 B.C. Great Zimbabwe began to start growing and it became the center of trade. Europeans would bring products that could not be found in Africa and in return they would receive Africa's trade products like ivory and also have access to Great Zimbabwe's bountiful supple of gold. These trades connected southern Africa with the rest of the world and opened up a lot of new possibilities.

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Architecture and Art

        Great Zimbabwe was a city of stone structures that covered about 1,800 acres. This civilizations is known for their elaborate structures, some being the tallest in South Africa. The people of Great Zimbabwe were architecturally advanced and set examples for other civilizations around them. These people understood how to use resources around them to make stable structures in the most efficient way. To build, they used slabs of granite that they would find in hills near by. This made it easy for them to build with about the same size slabs.

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Europeans Visit

      European explorers came looking for gold and discovered the already existing city of Great Zimbabwe. Great Zimbabwe reached its most successful point between the 12 and 1300’s because of the new developments the Europeans brought. The Europeans brought better farming skills that allowed more crops to be grown and iron that was used for making stronger tools. They also brought methods for more effective mining.

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     One of the biggest mysteries of Great Zimbabwe is the religion they worshipped. There are many churches spread throughout the city, which causes historians to suspect that they were Christian. This makes a lot of sense given the time period great Zimbabwe existed in but is contradicted by the government they were believed to have. Many historians agree that Great Zimbabwe was ran by a god-king, but god-kings were not known for being rulers of a Christian nation. God-kings are referred to as half man and half god, which goes against the Christian theory of there only being one God. Although this all makes Great Zimbabwe’s religion unclear it is still said to be a Christian society sense there is no evidence to point in any other direction.

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