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GEOGRAPHYDespite its name, the old Empire of Ghana is not geographically, ethnically, or in any other way, related to modern Ghana. It lies about four hundred miles north west of modern Ghana. Ancient Ghana encompassed what is now modern Northern Senegal and Southern Mauritania.

Ancient Ghana: A West African Trading EmpireTo what extent did trans-Saharan trade lead to Ghana's wealth and success?

Military: Ghana had a military that included a regular army, resurve forces and elite soldiers. Their job was to keep the borders secure and put out any revolts. They kept peace and order. The color of a man's tunic and the number of feathers in his head dress indicated his rank. Soldiers used spears, daggers, swords, bows and arrows and battle clubs to fight with.

What type of government did Ghana have?

ResourcesWhat types of resources were avalable to people of the ancient kingdom of Ghana.

The trans-Saharan trade was a between people north and people south of the Sahara. It was brought on by the introduction of the camel to the Sahara. They were first brought to the desert by Arab traders in 300 C.E.

Ghana's system of taxes was that traders would pay a tax on all of the goods that they would cary into Ghana. Goods were taxed when people came into Ghana and when they left. They were charged 1/6 of an ounce of gold for each load of salt that left the kingdom to go north. Taxes would help pay for the army. This allowed Ghana to secure all trade routes to and from Ghana.


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