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Trans-Saharan Trade

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Trans-Saharan Trade

Trans-Saharan Trade

Anna Clarkson

*USE OF CAMELS*The use of camels during the Trans-Saharan Trade popularity period increase greatly. Camels are an effective and smart mode for transportation across any dry, long area of land because of their strength and ability to go a long ways without needing a constant supply of water. They can carry pounds and pounds of material and make it easier for the man because he now does not have to walk the entire way.

1. What were the conditions like for the travelers?

Conditions for the travelers were rough and dry because most of their journey was through long deserts. Yet at the same time, their camels came to much use and made the journey much faster and easier. Traveling north and south, back and forth for these traders was probably extremely boring because it was a lot of sitting down until one reached the destination.

2. What were motives for the interaction?

Motives for the interaction and new trading system in Africa began with the desire to preserve salt and gold within the whole country. These were valuable to possess and an important status symbol in society because of how much they are worth to the common man. Obviously they were driven to get a hold on them or else these men would not have spent days riding on a camel's back to recieve them.

3. What were short and long term consequences of the interaction?

Short term consequences from a long journey from the northern end of the Sahara Desert to the south end, or vise versa, would include a body soreness from sitting down so long or possibly dehydration/another sickness because the routes are directly through the desert. Long term consequences include one's camel getting too worn out and then you do not have the money to buy a new one or maybe you catch a sickness from being in another area that is harmful to your health.

GOLD

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CAMELS

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SALT

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AFRICA

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ROUTES

CARAVAN

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SLAVE

TRADE


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