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Post Classical Civilizations:. The Gold-Salt Trade. The African Kingdoms. Anthropologists believe that humanity first arose in East Africa. Kush was an early iron-producing center which grew rich from selling iron wares, ivory, ebony, wood, and slaves.

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the african kingdoms
The African Kingdoms
  • Anthropologists believe that humanity first arose in East Africa.
  • Kush was an early iron-producing center which grew rich from selling iron wares, ivory, ebony, wood, and slaves.
  • Later, the Kingdom of Ethiopia adopted its own form of Christianity
the gold salt trade
The Gold-Salt Trade
  • The Sahara Desert occupies much of North Africa.
  • The savanna is just below the desert and stretches almost the entire width of Africa.
  • The Sahara acted as a barrier that separated people of Sub-Saharan Africa from the Mediterranean world and the rest of Eurasia.
  • Trade across the Sahara was never cut off completely.
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The Gold-Salt Trade
  • The Sahara contains oases and underground springs.
  • Since camels could go days without water, merchants could cross the desert once they knew where the oases were located.
  • These merchants were motivated by the gold and other riches they could trade with West Africa.
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The Gold-Salt Trade
  • At the same time, part of West Africa lacked salt, which is vital to human survival.
  • Merchants would pick up large blocks of salt to trade for gold.
  • The gold-salt trade developed a thriving trade network.
  • Ideas, such as Islamic beliefs, were exchanged as well.