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Outline 3 factors that promoted Trans-saharan trade

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  • Existence of local trade in the region provided a base for the trade.
  • Demand for West African goods such as gold, slaves and Kolanuts in the North.
  • Demand for West African goods such as gold, slaves and Kolanuts in the North.
  • Existence of rich merchants in the region who were willing to invest in the trade.
  • Existence of trade routes made it easy for them to travel
  • The camel made their journey through the desert easy –they were able to carry heavy loads and travel long distances without water.  They could also travel on sand with ease.
  • Existence of strong leaders/political stability in western Sudan which encouraged trade.
  • Existence of strong leaders/ political stability in Western Sudan which encouraged trade.
  • Existence of oasis which provided water and acted as a resting point for the traders
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