Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States


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What people were the first to establish trade routes across the Sahara?

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1. What was the sought after resource which made the trans-Saharan trade profitable?

2. What two things were integral to making the trans-Saharan trade possible?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Trans-Saharan trade was essential to the growth of West African states around the 7th century CE. See how much you know about this economic boon by answering questions about the people, empires, and resources involved.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These quiz questions will assess your ability to:

  • Select the people and resources that were critical to the trans-Saharan trade
  • Tell which environmental factors were involved in the success of West African trading
  • Identify why the trans-Saharan trade finally declined

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - pull out the most significant concepts from the related world history lesson
  • Interpreting information - correctly interpret the role of the trans-Saharan trade in the Soninke's Ghanaian Empire and factors in the trade's decline
  • Information recall - remember who established West African trade routes and what made them profitable

Additional Learning

For more info about this important period in West Africa's economy, review the lesson called Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States. The lesson will help you study:

  • How commodities shifted to North Africa after the fall of the Roman Empire
  • The types of things people brought from the African states to the Mediterranean
  • When the trans-Saharan trade reached its peak
  • What happened to the trade when King Mansa Musa arrived in Cairo
  • Why this booming trade eventually declined