The Life of a North African merchant


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  • Somewhere in a small town in North Africa...
  • Well, time to head off to a new city to sell my items to people who need them.
  • I'm a merchant, my job is to go town to town, and sell needed or wanted items to the people. I can sell things from cloth to metal. Sometimes slaves, and right now i'm on my trade route to get to Ghana.
  • Being a merchant or trader can be hard in the North when you want to travel to a place like Ghana because we have almost no contact with people down there. This is because of the Sahara Desert, but most people prefer to go on the Trans-Saharan trade route which i'm crossing right now.
  • Right now we are in the savanna. Since there aren't many forests climates in this part of West Africa, this what you see most of the time. Also, some people believe that there are gold mines around here that the Wangarens use to make money for the people in Ghana, but since no one knows where they are, we can't say for certain if they are here or not. Taghaza might be in this area also, they are in charge of mining salt which people use a lot.
  • Before I can enter the city with my goods, I have to pay with gold dust, (which is their currency) to the goods i'm going to sell in later. Which is what the king uses to pay for the protection of the kingdom, and to pay the guards to do so. He also uses the gold-dust to tax his people.
  • Finally, I do a silent bartering, that's when I trade with someone who doesn't speak my language, and we just trade without saying anything.
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