Many items were traded between North Africa and West Africa, but the two goods that were most in demand were gold and salt.
That's too much salt! I'm going to try to change, it's not a good idea to eat all this.
Ghana’s location allowed it to control this trans-Saharan trade. Traders going to and from the south had to pass through Ghana. Each time, they paid heavy taxes on their goods. These taxes helped to make Ghana rich.
To pass this way, you have to pay.
I need to stay rich!
To West Africans, salt was more precious than gold. Their culture had little use for gold, except as an item for trade. But they craved salt, and for good reason. Salt is an important part of a person’s diet