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Why were the ancient kingdoms in western Africa so powerful?

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Asked by Rbarnabas, Last updated: Oct 19, 2020

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E.Ruth

E.Ruth

E.Ruth
E.Ruth

Answered Feb 19, 2018

They developed extensive trade in gold, ivory, and salt The powerful ancient kingdoms in western Africa are divided into three major empires, namely the Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire and the Songhai Empire. These kingdoms flourished because of their strong economic trade relations with other territories. These kingdoms have immense gold mines located within their empire borders which produces most of their gold imports.

Some of the empires also taxed the gold and salt that entered their kingdom which made their empire wealthy and powerful. Furthermore, the location of these kingdoms also made an impact on how powerful and wealthy their empires are because their territories during that time were considered a major spot for trading.

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John Smith

John Smith

John Smith
John Smith

Answered Feb 26, 2017

Developed extensive trade in gold, ivory, and salt
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