I think It Was A good Deal. Salt helped people survive and preserved there food from rotting. and the gold helped bring it the traders with LOADS of salt. so you can be prepared for the next trader
I agree with Gavin because salt was so important to the people of West Africa.They needed salt for flavoring and preserving food.
i think the same because if they did not have any of that salt or gold they would not be prepeard.
I agree with you, Gavin. I like how you stated that Salt helped West Africans survive because without it, they would die. I also agree how you said that salt had many uses such as preserving salt. How do you think the West Africans could get salt if no one wanted to trade with them?
I agree with you Zach because without the gold and salt trade they would probably die. And without it they would lose power to the next kingdom
I disagree with you Gavin Mielke most of it because they did not needed salt to survive they needed oxygen and water to survive.
I think it was fair to trade gold for salt in West Africa. I think this because the West African's needed salt to survive. The West Africans could use salt to preserve food and add flavor to food. Without the Salt, the West Africans Would not survive.
I agree with you zack but what did the gold do? you only stated the salt and if you dont say anything about the gold, that kind of makes me think that you said that it was not a fair deal. (just saying)
I agree with you Zach because they needed the salt to preserve their food. If they didn't have the salt the food would rot and the food would not be able to be eaten. So, they wouldn't be able to survive.
I agree with you Zach because the if the West Africans didn't have salt they would have died. The salt had other uses such as adding flavor.
I agree with Zach because how they had a high supply of gold that everyone wanted. This brought people all over the world to West Africa.
ok thats true you cant true you cant be rich and waste you gold on salt if your dead so I gess its not all bad :o
Yes becuase without salt the people of West Africa would die. Salt did alot things for them like preserve food and give food flavor.For example, if they kiiled a elephant they could not eat it all before it went bad, but if you put salt on it it will last much longer.
I totally agree with you Victoria. If we didn't have salt in our diet we would die. If you kill an elephant and eat it all before it goes bad without salt than I guess you are not human.
yes i think it was a fair trade to trade gold for slat because if the poeple did not have any food how would they stay alive
I think yes because the people who wanted salt needed it because in then their food will expire and they needed to not be hungry.The people wanted gold not needed want to be rich.
It was fair,because the west Africans wanted gold.And the other people wanted salt.So they all got what they wanted,but some of the time they did not get what they did want.This is my answer for this weeks blog.
It's the other way around, but I got the idea. If someone else wants something that the other has an abundant of, then I think it's totally fair.
I do think this was a fair trade. It was fair because every human being needs salt/sodium in their diet to survive. The salt was used to preserve meats for longer periods of time such as 2-3 weeks. It also gives flavor to foods.
yea i agree because they need sodium in their body to survive for long periods of time
I agree with your statement because these Africans would be wasting food without salt. Also back then they didn't know how much gold was worth.
I agree with you, Nate. Humans need sodium in our diets to survive, and without it we world get sick and die, probably from sickness because salt helps our immune system. So yes, I think it WAS a fair trade.
In my opinion in modern day, no because gold is worth a lot more than salt is. But, back then I think it was some what reasonable because they needed salt to preserve the food that they had. Also they didn't think/ know that gold was worth a lot because they had a ton of it in their mines.
I agree with Maddie because they needed the salt to preserve their food and if they did not have the salt, alot of food would be going to waste.
I think it was a fair trade because the West Africans needed salt to stay healthy and alive. The Muslim Arabs and others wanted gold show how rich they where or show how powerful and everyone wanted gold so why not give a want for a need.
I agree, the West Africans needed the salt when the Muslims only wanted it. As long as the Africans got what they needed, they would trade gold they didn't need for salt.
I think it was a fair trade back then. The West Africans needed salt to preserve their food, helping them survive. Trading gold for salt was fair because they needed salt and others wanted gold. If West Africans knew how much gold was worth today, they could have traded gold for a larger amount of salt.
I agree with you Jenni. It is interesting how different the values are now.
I think the gold and salt trade was fair for the West Africans because they needed the salt to live. It is like a hospital bill at first you think it is unfair but if they just saved your life it would be worth it. If you think about it the Gold and salt trade was fair for the West Africans because it kept them alive.
yes i think its fair because you need salt on your food to survive even in the hot heat.But you do not need any gold because its not really important to some people.
If we were talking about modern day times, then no it wouldn't be fair because one troy ounce is a little over 1 grand for a pound of salt! Although back then the W. Africans had a TON of gold but had no salt to make their food last longer. They also had no use for the gold so it was pretty much USELESS to them. But on the other hand everyone in the WORLD wanted gold and had goods (and or SALT) to trade with the West Africans that had tons of gold and no salt. But all of them speaked different languages so the developed silent barder or silent trade so they can trade without confusion of what the other kingdom is saying if they speak a different language.SO.......I would say it is a fair trade for the West Africans.
I think that salt for gold is a bad deal gold is far more vaubale and that prezerving water dose not aply if you dont live in the desart (by the way salt can help save water just dont sprinkle salt in water) and rich people can just buy a better meal insted of giving up a pound of solid feraking gold
I disagree with you, Xavier. If you don't have salt then your chicken will start to spoil faster. Salt helps preserve your food.
I think it was fair to trade the salt for gold because they needed the salt to preserve their food and the other traders wanted the gold. I dont think its fair now though.
I agree with Jayleen because I thought it was a fair trade. Cause back then they didn't know what gold was worth but now we know that a salt and gold trade now would be unfair because we know how much gold is worth now and gold is way more precious than salt.
I think it was a fair trade because the West Africans needed salt to prevent there foods for a longer time. I also think the trade was fair because everyone wanted gold. They can also use the salt for there wealth.
Yes, I think it was fair to trade gold for salt. As long as both tribes get what they requested it's a fair trade. It was good for them to have the salt so they could persevere their food.
I agree because as Jon said, as long as both tribes got what they want/needed they would be ok!
I think it was a good trade because back then West Africa had no salt what so ever. They did have one thing and that was gold. Plus back then they did not know how much gold was actually worth. Without salt they would all die because salt preserves food and gives you nutrition.
In my opinion I think that the gold for salt trade was a fair trade. I think this because salt was a very needed item for preserving food and gold wasn't a needed item to the West Africans. It sounds ridiculous now, but back then gold for salt was a fair trade in my eyes.
I agree, it was a fair trade... at the time. Now we wouldn't call that fair because salt is such an easy product to have. While gold on the other hand, is not.
I think it was fair to trade salt for gold. The West African Kingdoms needed salt to preserve food, for nutrients, and for flavor. While on the other hand, gold was not valuable or needed by West African Kingdoms.
I think it was fair to trade gold for salt back then. The W. African Empire needed the salt to preserve food, give flavor to the food and to give them their nutrition's they need.While the other countries just want the gold .
I think at the time, it was a fair trade. Now many people would consider it very unfair because now, gold is so valuable and salt is not. I think the trade was fair because some people wanted gold and they had lots of salt, while many people needed salt and had much gold.
I think it was a fair trade. Without salt in out diets, we would die. It helps to control fluid balance and the functioning of the muscles and the nerves. If we eat too much salt though, we get thirsty and drink, and this speeds up the elimination of salt through our kidneys.
I think it was fair because at the time it was what they needed. People neeeded the salt to preserve food and provide nutrients and others had an abundance of gold so why not trade? If I was in the world way back then I think I would trade too
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