West African Trans-Saharan Trade

West African Trans-Saharan Trade

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  • The Wangarans would then examine the goods and leave a certain amount of gold depending on how much they believed the items were worth
  • After they were finished, they beat a drum letting the traders know they were done proposing their offer
  • The Wangarans would then travel back to their home to allow the traders to come and view the offer that they made
  • The two advantages of silent trade were.....
  • The traders would then travel back to the site to see if the amount of gold left was acceptable
  • If the traders agreed with the amount of gold left, they would take it and the trade would end. If not, they would leave the gold and wait for the Wangarans to leave more gold and the two would go back and forth until they came to a deal that they both agreed with
  • 1. It allowed people who spoke different languages to conduct trades 2. It allowed Wangara to guard the location of there gold mines which kept the value of the gold high
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