camels can about 18 miles a day and can carry close to 300 pounds they have large wide feet for sand , travel up to ten days with out water , and travel faster and farther.
west africa citys
ghanas kings controlled gold production in the empire. so they could decide on how much to sale at any time. all gold nuggets are kept by kingdom but allow visiters to trade for gold dust. ghanas kings kept the demand for gold and its price high.
ghanas kings grew wealthy collecting taxes from traders. these taxes paid for an army to gaurd ghanas trade routes. the army became strongest in west africa with iron weapons.
as the berber caravans passed through west africa citys they had to pay taxes
mali reached its greatest power in the early 1300s malis borders gained control of more gold mines mali was the source of half of all the gold traded in the world
groits are local story tellers that would memorize the stories and would retell them to the next generation