Silent trade is a form of trade where two sides never see each other face-to-face. The trade was commonly used between the West Africans and the North Africans. This was used so that people of different languages could trade without causing ccidental conflict. Silent trade usually took place by a riverbank.
1.) The middleman arranges the time and place of the meeting. (Usually by a river.)
2.) The trader for West Africa takes the gold and other resources to the river and spreads them out along the river.
3.) They then beat a drum to notify the North Africans that they were making a trade offer.
4.) The North Africans then bring their salt and resources to the river.
5.) The North Africans observe the amount of resources.