Bantu Dynasty: 1500 BC - 500 AD

Major Accomplishments: known as the cultural hearth for sub-Saharan Africa,  The Bantu migrated toward the east then the south and carried their language which is one of the roots of Swahili into all of sub-Saharan Africa.  They also brought the technology and knowledge necessary to make iron into southern Africa.

Bantu Migration Video:

Originated in central western Africa

Drought and over population forced them to migrate east and south.

Bantu language is basis for Swahili African languages today all over sub-Saharan Africa

Spread iron technology to Sub-Sahara

Cattle is the basis for their wealth


rarely build large cities

Jenne Jenu is 1st city of any size