Traders in Africa began trading gold for salt and other goods long before the arrival of Islam on the continent. In this activity you will see that the gold trade and the spread of Islam became closely linked after Islam first appeared in Africa.
Destination Title: The Trans-Saharan Gold Trade
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Start at the Trans-Saharan Gold Trade Web site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Read the article, taking notes as you go.
- Click on other links on the page to find out more about Mali, Songhai, and the conversion of Berbers to Islam.
After you have read the material, answer the following questions.