West African Silent trade Part 1

West African Silent trade Part 1

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  • What is silent trade? Who used it? Why was it used? Where did take place?
  • This was made by Jonathan Bolin, Evan Kuntz, and Andy Torres
  • The trade will take place on the riverbank north of town
  • Silent trade is method by which traders who can't speak to each other and can trade without speaking. North and South Africans both participate in silent trade. Silent trade was used to eliminate because of the language barrier. Silent trade usually took place near a river
  • A middleman helps the two sides trade equally. He is educated enough to know both of the languages that they speak. The middleman also sets a location were they will trade. 
  • The North Africans collected their salt before heading out to the assigned location. They would often put the salt on the backs of camels so they were easier to carry. 
  • The North Africans would start heading to the assigned location with their goods. (salt)
  • The West Africans would let the North Africans get a little head start and then they would head to the location with their gold.
  • The North Africans would spread their salt along the riverbank and then beat a drum to announce they were making and offer.
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