The Great (Wall) Salt Trade

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  • Two people meet during the building of the Great Wall of China.  One of them needed salt, and his name was John. The other needed help building the wall, and had a lot of salt, his name was Jim. The one who needed salt proposed a trade. John asked if he would like to trade something for salt.
  • Hello, I noticed you have quite a plentiful amount of salt. My village has many people, and they are in need of salt. If I have heard correctly, your workers are growing weak, but your salt supply is plentiful. Would you be willing to trade work for salt? Perhaps both of our citizens could reap the benefits and grow stronger.
  • Jim, who had salt and needed help building the Great Wall of China, agreed to the trade.
  • Your observations are correct, my people are growing weary for we are working night and day on the Great Wall. We would be grateful for workers from your citizenship and willing to pay them by trading with salt.
  • The one in need of salt, John, agrees to trade working on the Great Wall of China for some salt. His people will work on building the Great Wall of China with him and once they have completed that, they will receive their reward of a large bag of salt.
  • Excellent, my people would be more than willing to work on the wall in exchange for salt.
  • John and his people finished the task set by Jim, helping build a portion of the Great Wall of China. John tells Jim that it is time for his payment in salt. Jim agrees and decides he shall now pay him as he has done a good job.
  • My people are very tired. We have completed the task you have set for us. I believe we have built a satisfactory amount and we feel it is time for ourpayment in salt.
  • Yes, you all have helped build a good amount of the wall. We are very pleased with the amount of work you have all done.
  • Jim gives John his reward of a large brownish sack of salt. John expresses his gratitude towards Jim.
  • Here is your payment in salt, we are very pleased with you and your people's fine work.
  • Thank you, you are very generous. You have given us more than we could have wished for.
  • John tells Jim how salt is usually traded for something material, such as food. Jim agrees and tells John how salt is usually traded for items such as cloth, metals, and animal materials as well as food, and perhaps they could do that next time.
  • I feel this was a fair trade although it would have been easier to trade something material. Salt is usually traded for food or something of the sort.
  • Yes, salt is mostly traded for food items as well as materials such as cloth, metals, and animal materials like ivory. Maybe next time your people need salt we could trade something other than labor.
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