Medieval Europe 814-1350: World Events Research Article from World Eras

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The Ghanian empire begins to collapse because of invasions by desert nomads, paving the way for the powerful successor state of Mali.

The Chimu kingdom builds an impressive capital at Chan Chan in the Moche Valley of Peru. Basing its wealth on llamas and agricultural products, the kingdom begins a period of expansion around 1370, becoming the most powerful pre-Incan civilization of the region.

The major city-state of Great Zimbabwe takes shape in southern Africa, founded by the Shona, one of the Bantu-speaking peoples who have come to dominate the region. Its rulers dominate the trade in gold, slaves, and ivory between the inland regions and the Indian Ocean coast.

The Chinese invention of gunpowder becomes known in Europe, probably brought there by the Mongols.

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