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  • Okay Timmy, ready to start your report about Ghana?
  • Yes.
  • Yes Mr. Johnson. Can we first learn about salt and gold trading?
  • How would they trade?
  • Salt miners would go all the way across the Sahara desert to trade for gold.
  • It was known as the silent trade, people that spoke different languages would make a sound like a gong, fire, or a drum, to offer the trade.
  • Pretty much, yeah! Their geography was perfect for trading
  • Ghana's major religion is Christianity, but Islam is second most popular. In Ghana, religion is really important. Most people prayer multiple times a day.
  • Ghana was located between two areas that wanted to trade, North Africa, and the southern forests of western Africa. Ghana got "rich" off these trades that kept on happening.
  • So Ghana would just set up trading posts to trade for gold, salt, and other resources?
  • The government made a rule, before salt miners crossed into Ghana, they had to go past the tax collectors, and to past them they had to pay gold.
  • Yes, and if you can't pay the fee, you just made a journey across the Sahara Desert for nothing.
  • So the tax collects are like a different type of government,but they just collect a type of economy from travelers.
  • Ghana expanded their kingdom by offering support to smaller tribes, then they would control their tribe and expand their kingdom.
  • Mr. Johnson, how did Ghana expand their kingdom?
  • Your welcome Timmy, overall Ghana is a really important contribution to west Africa!
  • Okay, thanks Mr.Johnson I think i can write my report now!
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