Welcome to Ancient African History. Today's lesson: Trans Saharan Trade
I will trade you gold in exchange for something I don't have
Gold was dug from shafts in the area between the Niger and Senegal. Ghana became powerful and began to control this trade. Soon, gold becomes over consumed and many move eastward
West African savannahs did not have salt; the Sahara has the deposits. Arab traders travelled with tons of salt. It was often exchanged for gold, ivory, or hides. Salt was in high demand because it was necessary for living!