I think the trade salt for gold was fair. It had helped conserve meats and foods, it also game nutrients to whoever ate part of the salt. You can't live with just gold you are going to need food and nutrients.
I agree with Wally because I think having nutrients and a food preservative is better than just being rich in gold. Because you need salt to survive I think this was a fair trade.
I agree with you Wally because without salt you can not live. If you have a bunch of gold but no salt you will die so gold isn't as important.
I think that the salt and gold trade was fair because the Africans needed it to preserve food. Also a big reason they needed salt was to persevere food in the hot Sahara desert. I think today a salt and gold trade wood not be fair because we treat gold with more importance.
Not only did they need it to preserve food, but it was necessary as a food to live. Salt has nutrients and other things necessary to life. And I completely support your idea that it is a fair trade.
I think that this was a fair trade because since one group needed or wanted gold so much and the other group had an abundance of gold. And the other group needs salt and the first group has a surplus of salt. That seems like a fair trade in my opinion because both groups have surpluses and needs that the other needs and has. So in my opinion that is a fair trade.
I would unfortunately have to disagree with you Jack. I think that the salt and gold trade was unfair. This is because I think that the Africans could have demanded more from the people who they were trading with. Gold was very valuable and that many people wanted it. So, people were willing to give out a lot for gold. So, I would have to say that the trade was unfair.
I'm going to have to disagree with most of you! Though Africans needed salt and if they didnt have it they would die, they were still getting ripped off. The rest of the world knew how valuable this mineral was but yet all these smaller kingdoms and Muslims took advantage of them. The Africans could have still got salt with trading gold but maybe they could have got much more if they really knew how valuable gold was.
Think, be put into a African American at the time, if you didn't have good nutrients you could die. As you said you could have lots of gold but without the good nutrients you would die. And there was so much that they thought or i would think it isn't rare.
I agree with Mr. K bcuz without salt you would die. I would rather live healthy then die unhealthy.
So basically you're saying you'd rather live for about 1-2 weeks with wealth than rather live another 10-20 years. Yes they are getting ripped off but it's a matter of survival. Needs and wants.
I totally agree with you. The Africans would pay gold for salt equally, and however much salt was needed, they were still getting a bad deal.
I did not think that the West African trade for salt and gold was fair. Gold is very valuable and was a want. Salt was a need. However, lets imagine that the West Africans traded one pound of gold for one pound of salt. Everyone wanted gold. The Arabs or Muslims would definitely be willing to trade more than one pound of salt for a whole pound of salt. Gold is very valued. This is and was because gold is not found on Earth. Gold comes from outer space. Also, in the silent barter game that we had played only a couple groups had gold. Those groups could have asked another group for like 10 horses just because gold was so valuable. I definitely understand the fact that without salt the West African civilizations would have died. Although, I also think that for one pound of gold the West Africans could have demanded for two or three pounds of salt, a few horses, and a some metal. This is the whole concept of supply and demand. The supply of gold was low so, there was a high demand. The supply of salt was high so, there was a low demand. Only a select few places had gold mines in the world. West Africa happened to be one of those places. West Africa had a very great advantage because of the gold mines. West Africa could have definitely demanded more from the Arabs or Muslims during trade. In conclusion, I do not think that the West African salt and gold trade was fair.
I disagree because salt and gold trade was fair because if you where an African you would want to live for long time. So really it depends on if you want to live
I think it was fair in my opinion. This was fair bcuz you need salt to live. Without salt you would die and not be able to see the wealth.
I think it was fair because if you didn't have salt you would die. Now the people who had lots of salt could trade them for gold and then they have salt and gold. And the people who will die because they just have gold will now have salt and gold so they both win.
I agree because if they trade gold for salt then next time they will trade gold for salt.
I agree with Cloie K. on the fact that salt is very important. Also, I think that it was unfair because of gold was valued much higher than salt in other kingdoms and empires around the world and if the Africans knew this they could of possibly taken control of most of Europe and Asia including Afica
I believe it was fair because without salt they could not live. It's a difference between wealth and survival. With wealth yes you would have a very enjoyable life for a short time, but with salt you can enjoy life much much longer than you would with just a short time with gold.
I would say it was a fair for them because it was either wealth or death. They had no use for the gold, but use for salt. Today, that would still be a good trade if you had s surplus of gold, but who has a lot of gold and is poor? No one.
I say that it is fair that they trade gold with salt. I say this because they need salt to survive and not gold. Salt has nutriants and gold has nothing like that
I think the trade was fair. I think this because if you don't have salt you will die. If you have gold that's good but if you don't have salt you can't live.
I think that it was a fair trade. it was a fair trade because the Africans wouldn't survive because there food would rot. plus there meats wouldn't have nutrients
I do think that the salt and gold trade was fair. I think this because salt is an necessity for life while gold is just a want. Also, there was not a lot of salt to go around so it was valued higher.
I think salt and gold was a fair trade. Because with out salt u would die. Also salt is better than gold cause it was just a want and salt is a need.
I think salt for gold is a good trade because gold shows how rich and powerful you are though salt it doesn't say all that though it shows that you are going to live because you have food they have gold what do you really need to live on to survive is salt.
I agree with you Imen. Because yes without salt you could die because if you don't have any food or just some food that you be done with over a few days and dont have salt well would you want salt to eat,survive or gold something a want not need.
I don't think the trade of gold for salt was totally equal. I get that salt was a need and gold was a want, but I don't think the Africans totally understood the value of gold. They could have gotten much more salt for the same amount of gold if they truly understood its value.
I agree but I disagree with Sarah. I agree that gold is a want and salt is a need because you need salt to live and you would want gold to show your wealth. I disagree with salt for gold is unfair because if you trade those you would either help others and gain wealth or be helped and share wealth.
I believe that salt for gold was a fair trade. This is because there is only very little salt so its worth a lot. Also, you would be helping someone and gaining wealth.
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