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  • On cold night in Africa...
  • I am a Merchant traveling from South Africa to North Africa trading gold for salt. On my way there I have to pay a tax to the government to go into Ghana.
  • It is a very dangerous journey. To get to North Africa I have to cross the Sahara desert. This is a very dangerous trip. You need to have lots of food and water or you may not make it.
  • Thief
  • It was also very dangerous because the trade routes were undefined and it was easy to get lost. There are thieves and robbers out here too.
  • Finally we are here. In order to trade we use a system called silent bartering. It is easier if we speak a different
  • In order to silent barter I have to leave the amount of salt I want to trade bang drums, wait until morning, then come back and see what they offer, and if I like it I take it if I don't I do it again.
  • Great, now that I am done trading I will go back.
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