Kingdom Of Ghana

Kingdom Of Ghana

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  • The people of Ghana became wealthy in the ninth and eleventh centuries C.E. In the Kingdom of Ghana, the people found so much gold between the rivers of Ankobra and Volta that, it had produced so much gold, that it has become Africa's largest gold producer. 
  • After Ghana had become rich and had a lot of gold, they expanded their territorial base. This meant that they could have larger and stronger armies than they have ever had before. Due to the fact that they had so many more people in their army, they were more successful in their battles and wars.
  • The people in Ancient Ghana were very happy and wealthy. They worked very hard, and they were also safe and protected. They had plenty to eat and the river provided the people with bathing and washing. They ate enough fish, waterfowl, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables. 
  • The people of Ghana used their wealth to their benefit. They collected iron and learned how to use it in their farming. Their population grew and so did their town. They also took control of the African merchants. They also made iron tools, which meant that their armies had iron weapons.
  • The King of Ghana collected taxes from all the people who traveled through Ghana.  This tax provided funds that were needed to take care of Ghana's army and the support of the government. A merchant had to pay with a gold coin called a dinar when he came to Ghana, and when the merchants leave they have to pay two dinars. The merchants were not upset about this because they had some gold that was used to pay for protection.
  • The people of Ghana got rich by trading salt, and mining a lot of gold from their mines. They also had additional trading items which got them even more gold. This trade was very important because Ghana didn't just control gold and salt, they also controlled the trade routes that went through their land.
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