Ghana-- Trading Empire

Ghana-- Trading Empire

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  • My Kingdom (the Kingdom of Ghana) lasted from 500 C.E all the way to our collapse in the 1200s.
  • I am the ruler of the Ghana, the King. I am the head of the army and I have the final say in justice. I also lead people during religious ceremonies
  • Camels were used for developing the Trans-Saharan trade route. Camels are especially suited for transporting goods across the Sahara. 
  • We keep the location of our gold/gold mines a secret. According to ancient stories, merchants occasionally captured a gold miner and tried to force him into revealing where the Wangara was. Miners would give up their lives rather than tell the secret.
  • Salt is an important trade item in West Africa: We harvest salt by evaporating , water was poured into tiny holes in the salty earth. the water slowly drew out the salt and the salt evaporated in the sun. The second way to get salt was through mining.
  • Kumbi had the buisiest markets in West Africa. Weapons, jewelery, tools, leather, clothes, slaves and food were all sold there. It even worked with lnaguage barriers and guarded the secret lovation of the Wangara mine.
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