deep in the rainforests of West Africa, gold miners have a surplus of gold but lack the one thing that they need most: salt.
salt is a valuable commodity in the rainforest because it helps cure dehydration in such a hot climate.
when i sweat in this hot climate, I lose water. I need salt to retain moisture!!
In northern africa, all that gold is a valuable commodity as it can be traded across the sea with the rest of the world. The north africans have salt to be traded for gold!
we travel on camels through the vast sahara desert to make our trade with the wangarans. we become VERY dehydrated.
Passing through Ghana, we are taxed. Ghana is very rich because they tax everyone.
then, the silent barter takes place. The wangarans lay down their offer and walk away, and then there is a drum beat for them to come back to see if we accept. This goes on, without us ever meeting face to face, until agreement is reached.