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You're going to put yourself in the shoes of two different merchants from ancient Africa: one from Egypt and one from West Africa. These two regions traded with each other beginning in the 7th century A.D. You'll be asked to explain why each merchant would have been interested in doing business with the other, despite the long and difficult journey over the Sahara desert.
1. First, have a look at the map at the Trade in Ancient Africa page at http://www.mrdowling.com/609-trade.html. This map shows the trade routes you'll be learning about.
2. Find out about the geography of the Sahara and travel conditions at the following sites:
3. Now find out a little about the concept of supply and demand, which was important in the development and success of the ancient African trade routes. Go to the Econopolis Supply & Demand Land page at http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/3901/liz/liz.htm.
Read this page. Your teacher may want to stop and have a discussion after you've read it.
Now think of products you're familiar with for which there is:
4. Go to the Trade in Ancient Africa page at http://www.mrdowling.com/609-trade.html to read about the trade routes. Then answer these questions: