Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ethiopia's Salt Trade

The African salt trade has gone on for centuries and its trade for gold formed the basis of wealth for some of Africa's most famous kingdoms: Mali, Ghana, and Songhai. The Washington Post has an excellent annotated photo collection of  Ethiopia's salt trade in the Danakil Depression. There,  salt is collected from the surface, shaped into slabs, then loaded onto camels for trade.  These photographs might be great to show, or insert into a PowerPoint,  when we cover the African kingdoms next year.

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