They imported/traded; gold, metal weapons, cloth, glass, etc.
Do you want to trade my gold for your metal weapons?
Sundiata - led a rebellion against Sumanguru with the help of Malinke kings and created Mali. Began to call himself “Mansa” for “king.” Mansa Musa - expanded the empire and changed it into a center of Muslim learning and art
Items they produced were: gold, salt, books, etc.
Sonni ʿAlī (1464) Conquered city from the Tuareg, for Mali but kept it for himself. Then took the wealthy trading city of Djenné in 1473. He captured many more cities forming a large empire. Muhammad I (Akia) Made Songhai an Islamic State
item(s) produced, traded, or sold: salt, copper, gold and slaves